Ampelopsis arborea

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Ampelopsis arborea
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John R. Gwaltney, Southeastern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Tracheophyta - Vascular plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Vitales
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Ampelopsis
Species: A. arborea
Binomial name
Ampelopsis arborea
(L.) Koehne
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Natural range of Ampelopsis arborea from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Peppervine

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: Ampelopsis arborea (Linnaeus) Koehne; Nekemias arborea (Linnaeus) J. Wen & Boggan[1]

Varieties: none[1]





In the Coastal Plain in Florida, A. arborea can be found in river floodplains, wax myrtle thickets, hedgerows, coastal scrub savannas, and calcareous banks of drainage ditches.[2] Additionally, this species has shown regrowth in reestablished South Carolina longleaf pine savannah communities that were agriculturally disturbed, making it an indicator species for post-agricultural woodlands.[3]

Associated species include Vitis rotundifolia, Juniperus virginiana, Ilex vomitoria, Ilex cassine, Bumelia lanuginosa, and wax myrtle.[2]


Ampelopsis arborea has been observed to flower between June and July.[4]


Many insects from the order Hymenoptera were observed visiting flowers of Ampelopsis arborea at the Archbold Biological Station. These insects include wasps from the Leucospididae family such as Leucospis robertsoni, and L.slossonae, spider wasps such as Sericopompilus apicalis (family Pompilidae), and wasps from the Sphecidae family such as Cerceris flavofasciata floridensis, Isodontia auripes, I.exornata, Larra bicolor, Pseudoplisus smithii floridanus, Sphex ichneumoneus, and Tanyoprymnus moneduloides.[5]

Herbivory and toxicology

Ampelopsis arborea has been observed to host true bugs from the family Lygaeidae such as Lygaeus kalmii and Oncopeltus fasciatus.[6]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A.S. 2020. Flora of the Southeastern United States. Edition of 20 October 2020. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: October 2015. Collectors: R.K. Godfrey, R.F. Doren, R. Komarek, Loran Anderson. States and Counties: Florida: Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Franklin. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  3. Brudvig, L.A., E Grman, C.W. Habeck, and J.A. Ledvina. (2013). Strong legacy of agricultural land use on soils and understory plant communities in longleaf pine woodlands. Forest Ecology and Management 310: 944-955.
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 7 DEC 2016
  5. Deyrup, M.A. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.
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