Parthenocissus heptaphylla

(Planchon) Britton

in J. K. Small, Fl. S.E. U.S., 759. 1903.

Common names: Sevenleaf creeper
Basionym: Parthenocissus quinquefolia var. heptaphylla Planchon in A. L. P. P. de Candolle and C. de Candolle, Monogr. Phan. 5: 449. 1887
Synonyms: Psedera heptaphylla (Planchon) Rehder P. texana (Buckley ex Durand) Greene
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 16. Mentioned on page 17.

Lianas, scrambling to moderately high climbing. Tendrils 3–4(–5)-branched, without adhesive discs. Leaves palmately compound; petiole ± equaling blade; leaflets (5–)7, lustrous adaxially, oblanceolate to oblong-oblanceolate, 3–5 × 1–2 cm, thick, fleshy, base cuneate, margins coarsely dentate, apex acuminate, surfaces glabrous or abaxial puberulent. Inflorescences dichotomously branched, without distinct central axis. Flowers greenish to reddish green. Berries subglobose, 6–10 mm diam.

Phenology: Flowering May–Jun; fruiting Aug–Sep.
Habitat: Woods, riverbanks, rocky or sandy soils.
Elevation: 300–700 m.


Parthenocissus heptaphylla is endemic to the Edwards Plateau and Lampasas Cut Plain.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Michael O. Moore† +  and Jun Wen +
(Planchon) Britton +
Parthenocissus quinquefolia var. heptaphylla +
Sevenleaf creeper +
300–700 m. +
Woods, riverbanks, rocky or sandy soils. +
Flowering May–Jun +  and fruiting Aug–Sep. +
in J. K. Small, Fl. S.E. U.S., +
Psedera heptaphylla +  and P. texana +
Parthenocissus heptaphylla +
Parthenocissus +
species +