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Some 65 species of sprawling vines or shrubs, branches with opposite tendrils, often missing at every third node, lacking adhesive tips.  Leaves simple, alternate, toothed or more or less lobed.  Flowers may be unisexual on some plants or bisexual, 5 petals united at the ends into a cap which is shed when the flower opens, 5 stamens.  Fruit a berry, 2-4 pear-shaped seeds.  Native to the northern hemisphere, many species in eastern and midwestern North America.
Vitis: Roman name for grapevines

VI-tis, VEE-tis