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ampelopsis

ampelopsis

[am-puh-lop-sis]
ampelopsis [Gr.,=looking like a vine], botanic name for woody ornamental vines of the genus Ampelopsis, but in horticulture also traditionally applied to the Virginia creeper, Boston ivy, and others of related genera of the family Vitaceae (grape family). Species of Ampelopsis native to Asia and North America have showy berries of various colors. The pepper-vine (A. arborea) is indigenous to the S United States. Ampelopsis is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rhamnales, family Vitaceae.

Ampelopsis is a genus of climbing shrubs, in the grape family Vitaceae. The name is derived from the Greek word ampelos, which means "vine". The genus was named in 1803.

Ampelopsis species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Bucculatrix quinquenotella.

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