Ampelopsis Michx.

Greek ampelos — grapevine, opsis — like.

Deciduous shrubs or climbers, the forked tendrils without suckers and generally leaf-opposed. Branchlets with a white pith. Leaves alternate, simple or compound. Flowers 4- or 6-parted in longstalked clusters. Petals free and soon shed. Disk cup-like and prominent. Fruit a 1-4-seeded berry. Grown for the attractive foliage and blue or orange berries. In horticulture Parthenocissus is sometimes referred to as Ampelopsis.

25 species from subtropical and temperate America and Asia.


Forked tendrils without swollen attachment disks.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Vitaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Vitales
family       Vitaceae