[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.
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