Five-leaved Ivy - Five-finger Vine
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Linnaeus) Planchon
Vitaceae (Woodbind) Family
Plant is a high climbing or trailing woody vine, with many branched tendrils tipped with adhesive disks, capable of climbing trees and rock faces, or forming abundant ground cover by rooting of trailing vines. Its preferred habitat is forest margins, rock formations, walls, and fence rows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem, palmately compound with 5 leaflets. The leaflets are ovate to elliptic in outline. The margins are coarsely (or finely) serrate above the middle, pale and often soft hairy beneath, large leaf stalks. The leaf stalks are pale tan to reddish and finely hairy.
The flowers are tiny in terminal and axillary branched clusters (cymes), 5 petals that are yellowish-green in color. The calyx is 5-lobed. Flowers occur in late spring and summer.
Fruit is a black to dark blue drupe, arranged on reddish stalks.