Seed of the Week: Arizona Grape Ivy

Our somewhat obscure mystery seed from last week was from an Arizona grape ivy, Cissus trifoliata.

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It is called by other common names, such as cow-itch vine and sorrelvine. The name cow-itch comes from the fact that the leaves can cause skin irritation in some people.

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Arizona grape ivy is a hardy vine that can tolerate the high summer temperatures. It is native throughout the southern United States.

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The name "grape" ivy fits because it belongs to the same family as grapes, Vitaceae. The fruit are not edible, however.

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Doesn't the seed look a little like a grape seed?

 

2 thoughts on “Seed of the Week: Arizona Grape Ivy

  1. Cool, this plant grows on my home in Austin, tx, but I didn't know it's name. Sawfly ad sphinx moth larvae eat it.

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