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Parthenocissus quinquefolia,
Virginia Creeper, Five-leaved ivy, Five-finger

Scientific name:  Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch.
Common name:  Virginia Creeper, Five-leaved ivy, Five-finger
Family:   Vitaceae, Vine fFamily

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Virginia Creeper, Five-leaved ivy, Five-finger

Life form:  Woody, deciduous vine
Stems:  orange brown, finely hairy with branched tendrils that end in adhesive discs
Leaves:   Alternate and compound with 5 pointed, coarse-toothed leaflets; the leaflets are purplish in spring, mature to dull green in summer and change to purple to crimson-red in autumn
Inflorescence:  Flowers borne in clusters in upper leaf axils
Flowers:  Green flowers
Fruits / pods:  Bluish black berries
Flowering Period:  May, June, July, August
Habitat:  Chaparral, open woodlands, shaded woods, streamsides, riverbanks

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Virginia Creeper, Five-leaved ivy, Five-finge


Derivation of the botanical name:
Parthenocissus Greek parthenos, a virgin; kissos, ivy, woodbine or virginia creeper.
quinquefolia, five-leaved.
Virginia named after England's virgin queen Elizabeth I.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Virginia Creeper, Five-leaved ivy, Five-finger


Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Virginia Creeper, Five-leaved ivy, Five-finger


 
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