One of about 30 American species or wild vines with the complete botanical name Vitis californica Benth. Trivial synonyms are California Grape and Pacific Grape. The vine is found mainly in the southwest of the USA in California along the Sacramanto River and in Oregon. It thrives along rivers and streams and is resistant to drought. The small-berry blue-black grapes are not suitable for wine, but are used for the production of grape juice and grape jelly. The vine is also often used as a rootstock in the USA. Because of its attractive red coloured leaves it is often used as an ornamental vine. See also under American Vines and Vine System.