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Genus: Parthenocissus (Virginia Creeper genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core eudicots > Family: Vitaceae

A genus of about 10 species of deciduous tendril climbers found in the Himalayas, E. Asia, and North America. Two species are grown as garden ornamentals in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper)

Native to eastern USA.

Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy)

Native to Japan, China and Korea.

Herbivores of garden ornamentals in southern Africa

Tip wilter bug Anoplocnemis curvipes sucking juice from Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Hemiptera: Coreidae (tip wilters)

 

 

Hippotion celerio (Silver Striped Hawkmoth)

Caterpillars have been recorded eating the leaves of Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper) and Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'.

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)

 

Hippotion eson (Common Striped Hawkmoth)

Caterpillars have been recorded eating the leaves of Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy).

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)

 
 

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 

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