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Vitis rotundifolia - Simps.
                 
Common Name Bird Grape, Munson's grape
Family Vitaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range Southern N. America.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
UPDATE 7/09/11: Vitis munsoniana Simpson ex Munson is a synonym of Vitis rotundifolia var. munsoniana (Simpson ex Munson) M.O. Moore

Vitis rotundifolia Bird Grape, Munson


Vitis rotundifolia Bird Grape, Munson
   
Physical Characteristics
 
Vitis rotundifolia is a deciduous Climber. It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
Vitis rotundifolia var. munsoniana

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or dried for later use[177]. Thin-skinned with an acid flavour, it can be eaten raw when fully ripe[183]. The fruit is borne in bunches, which makes harvesting easier[K]. Young leaves - cooked as greens or wrapped around other foods and then baked, when they impart a pleasant flavour[177]. Young tendrils - raw or cooked. Sap - used as a drink[183]. It is best harvested in the spring or early summer, but should not be taken in quantity or it will weaken the plant[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Dye.

A yellow dye is obtained from the fresh or dried leaves[168].
Cultivation details
Prefers a deep rich moist well-drained moderately fertile loam[1, 200]. Grows best in a calcareous soil[200]. Succeeds in sun or partial shade though a warm sunny position is required for the fruit to ripen[200]. Plants climb by means of tendrils[182]. Any pruning should be carried out in winter when the plants are dormant otherwise they bleed profusely[182, 200]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[K]. Six weeks cold stratification improves the germination rate, and so stored seed is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is obtained. Germination should take place in the first spring, but sometimes takes another 12 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in early summer. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, December/January in a frame. These cuttings can be of wood 15 - 30cm long or they can be of short sections of the stem about 5cm long with just one bud at the top of the section. In this case a thin, narrow strip of the bark about 3cm long is removed from the bottom half of the side of the stem. This will encourage callusing and the formation of roots. Due to the size of these cuttings they need to be kept in a more protected environment than the longer cuttings. Layering.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Mon Jun 25 2007
Hi there, Can anyone tell me where to obtain seed? Can anyone send me any seed? Many thanks - helen@uns.com.au
Elizabeth H.
Fractal Serpent Mon Jan 28 2008
Muscadine grapes are highly medically useful -- grape seeds and skins are a very rich source of proanthocyanidins, tannins, resveratol, polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The resveratol, in particular, is what imparts many of the health benefits of red wine -- and wine made from muscadine grapes is higher in these compounds than other wines. I'm linking to the wikipedia entry on these grapes, but they certainly deserve a higher medical rating.

Wikipedia Muscadine Grape Entry

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