Virginia creeper

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Virginia creeper,

native woody vine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) of the family Vitaceae (grapegrape,
common name for the Vitaceae, a family of mostly climbing shrubs, widespread in tropical and subtropical regions and extending into the temperate zones. The woody vines, or lianas, climb by means of tendrils, which botanically are adaptations of terminal buds.
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 family), tall growing and popular as a wall covering in the temperate United States. It has blue-black berries and clings by disk-tipped tendrils, some branches hanging free in graceful festoons. The five-fingered leaves—brilliant yellow to red in the fall—are sometimes confused with the three-fingered poison ivy. The Virginia creeper belongs to the same genus as the Boston, or Japanese, ivy. Other names are American ivy, woodbine, and ampelopsisampelopsis
[Gr.,=looking like a vine], botanic name for woody ornamental vines of the genus Ampelopsis, but in horticulture also traditionally applied to the Virginia creeper, Boston ivy, and others of related genera of the family Vitaceae (grape family).
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. Virginia creeper is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rhamnales, family Vitaceae.
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Virginia creeper

1. a vitaceous woody vine, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, of North America, having tendrils with adhesive tips, bluish-black berry-like fruits, and compound leaves that turn red in autumn: widely planted for ornament
2. a similar related plant, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, of SE Asia, having trilobed leaves and purple berries

Virgin Mary

Mary, the mother of Christ
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