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Mustang Grape Tendrils Dry and Looped 3885

Another looping subject I found at McKinney Falls State Park on March 13th was this dry tendril from a mustang grape vine, Vitis mustangensis. This specimen was only a few inches long, but a mustang grape vine can grow to the height of a tree, with a girth to match.


I’m out of town for a few days. Feel free to leave comments, but it may take me a while to answer them.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 15, 2014 at 5:55 AM

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  1. Very attractive. Have you tried jelly made from the mustang grapes?


    April 15, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    • It’s funny, I want to say that I have but I’m not sure I’d be telling the truth. People also make wine from mustang grapes, and I’m sure I haven’t ever had the chance to try any. What I have sampled is mustang grapes themselves. The skin is thick (for a grape) and the pulp is quite tart, so they don’t make for good eating raw—which is why people turned them into jelly and wine.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 15, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      • I wondered if you had been ‘brave’ enough to try the grape itself. 🙂


        April 15, 2014 at 8:33 AM

  2. Nature’s artistry…


    April 15, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    • I’ve noticed that curves are much more common than straight lines in nature (except in crystalline strictures).

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 16, 2014 at 8:02 AM

  3. Beautiful detail. 😀

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

  4. Amazing resemblance to an octopus. Beyond that, when I see such vines I wonder how they “know” which direction to go. Seeing one reaching into space is so compelling. Is it light that gives the cue? Possibly so. But finding the next place to latch onto? Just luck or circumstance, maybe. This is a great photo.


    April 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    • I seem to remember reading that some species always spiral in the same direction. I don’t know if that means that other species spiral sometimes one way and sometimes the other, something like an ambidextrous person. I suspect botanists have done lots of research on that topic.

      In any case, I’m glad that you like this octopus-like tendril.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

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