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Vitis acerifolia

One of the approximately 30 American species or wild vines with the full botanical name Vitis acerifolia Raf. It was first described in 1830 by the French polymath Constantine Samuel Rafinesque-Schmaltz (1783-1840), who is immortalised in the botanical name for this reason. Together with the species Vitis riparia and Vitis rupestris it forms the group Ripariae. Old names are Vitis longii after the discoverer Colonel Long as well as Vitis solonis, which probably goes back to a misread name of a bundle of cuttings sent to Europe. The name means "maple-leaved vine". Trivial synonyms are Bush Grape, Long's Grape, Maple-Leaf Grape and Panhandle Grape. The vine is common in some western US states such as Kansas and Colorado, and in northern Texas in the Panhandle region. There it is found mainly along rivers, in canyons and in swamplands, which is why it is also called swamp grape. It grows over rocks and bushes, but rarely climbs trees.

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