New York Natural Heritage Program
Winter Grape
Vitis vulpina L.
Dicots
Vitis vulpina Nathaniel L. Britton
Family: Grape Family (Vitaceae)

State Protection: Endangered
listed species are those with: 1) 5 or fewer extant sites, or 2) fewer than 1,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to fewer than 4 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) species listed as endangered by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: This plant is endangered/critically imperiled in New York because of extreme rarity (typically 5 or fewer populations or very few remaining individuals) or is extremely vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
Even though the species name vulpina means fox, fox grape is the name more commonly associated with Vitis labrusca. Evidently, this name came from the fact that foxes were attracted to the grapevines. Winter grape, and another common name, frost grape, refer to the fact that the tart fruits become sweeter after the first frost, not because it grows better where the winters are colder (Wikipedia contributors). In fact it?s just the opposite as this species is more common farther south.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are six verified occurrences, but the species remains under-surveyed so more may be found.

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