Vitis girdiana

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Vitis girdiana
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Conservation status

Apparently Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Vitales
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Vitis
Species: V. girdiana
Binomial name
Vitis girdiana
Munson

Vitis girdiana is as species of wild grape known as the desert wild grape and valley grape.[1] It is native to the southwestern United States and Baja California in Mexico.[1][2]

This species is a woody vine with a coating of woolly hairs, especially on new growth. The woolly leaves are heart-shaped to kidney-shaped with serrated edges and sometimes shallowly lobed. The inflorescence is a panicle of unisexual flowers. The fruit is a spherical black grape usually not more than 8 millimeters wide.[2]

It grows in canyon and streambank habitat.[2]

Native American groups such as the Kumeyaay and Luiseño used the fruit for food. The Cahuilla used it fresh, cooked, or dried into raisins, and made it into wine.[3]


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  1. ^ a b Vitis girdiana. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
  2. ^ a b c Vitis girdiana. The Jepson Manual.
  3. ^ Vitis girdiana. Native American Ethnobotany. University of Michigan, Dearborn.

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