Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Common Name:  Virginia Creeper

Go to BIO 406D homepage

Parthenocissus quinquefolia leaves.jpg (101834 bytes)
leaf--what kind of compound leaf is this?  what kind of leaf margin is present? young leaves in Spring

Parthenocissus quinquefolia vine.jpg (132401 bytes)

parthenocissus.quinquefolia.tendril.jpg (58648 bytes)
habit--Virginia creeper attaches to trees by means of... ...sucker pads at the ends of branched tendrils--these essentially "glue" the vine onto the tree!
parthenocissus.quinquefolia2.JPG (123598 bytes) parthenocissus.quinquefolia.fallcolor.jpg (81092 bytes)
In the fall, Virginia creeper leaves turn a bright red... help advertise the newly ripened berries.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia cliff.jpg (121278 bytes)
Virginia creeper vines can become quite extensive, such as the one covering the sides of this limestone cliff! inflorescence - the inflorescence is always borne opposite the leaf in species of the Vitaceae