Family, Vine. Color, greenish. Leaves, simple, large, rounded or deeply lobed, distantly toothed, covered underneath with rusty wool. Opposite every leaf is a forked tendril, by means of which the plant climbs. Bark, loose stripping off. Flowers, some perfect, others lacking pistils. Calyx, short, obscurely 5-toothed. Corolla, of 4 to 5 petals. Alternating with the 5 stamens are 5 nectar-bearing glands. Pistil, with or without style, and a 2-divided stigma. Fruit, a 2-celled, 4-seeded berry of a dark-purple color, with thick skin and tough pulp inch in diameter. June.

Sometimes this vine reaches 100 feet in length. It is strong, aggressive, and makes a thicket of its many branches wherever it grows. Its main stem may have a diameter of 6 to 10 inches. It is the origin of many of our cultivated grapes - Concord, Isabella. Catawba, etc.

The word grape means bunch, or cluster, from the old French grappe.

Fruit ripe in September or (October. Moist or dry thickets, the length of the Atlantic coast, westward to the Alleghany Mountains.