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False Virginia-Creeper, Parthenocissus inserta


Short description of Parthenocissus inserta, False Virginia-Creeper

It is a deciduous perennial woody climber that grows prolifically to 15m or more. It climbs by means of small branched twining tendrils which may have swollen ends but lack the cup-like adhesive pads of the very similar-looking Virginia-creeper P. quinquefolia; it is not able to scale masonry as well as that species. It has stalked five-lobed leaves with toothed edges which turn crimson before falling in the autumn. Small greenish flowers are borne in loosely branched clusters and berries are hard, rounded, 5-7 mm in diameter and blue-black when ripe. It has been confused with P. quinquefolia and is also known as P. vitacea and Cissus verticillata.

Description of Parthenocissus inserta, False Virginia-Creeper status in GB

False Virginia-creeper is naturalised in scattered locations in the lowlands and apparently slowly spreading.

Habitat summary: Parthenocissus inserta, False Virginia-Creeper

It grows as a relic of cultivation around buildings and walls and where it has been cast out into hedgerows and scrub.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Northern America
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.41
Date of first record: 1948

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Sharon Pilkington

Last updated:

August 8th, 2011

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