Vitaceae

 
 

 

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Genera : 11 - 12

Species: 700

Distribution: Widespread in warmer climates and some in temperate regions.

 

Economic Uses: Extremely important as the source of tablegrapes, raisins and wine grapes. Commonly cultivated as well for the climbing ornamentals Virginia creeper and Boston ivy.

 

Defining Features of Interest: The family is mostly vines and is easily recognized by its distinctive leaf morphology and the tendrils opposite them.

 

Fossil Evidence: Seed and pollen fossils from the Eocene and some questionable fossils from the Upper Cretaceous.