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Wild muscadine grapes

FILE - Wild muscadine grapes.
FILE - Wild muscadine grapes.

Vitis rotundifolia, commonly known as muscadine, is species of grape native to the southeastern United States.

Transcript (edited for clarity):


Hi, this is Rudy Mancke from USC for NatureNotes.

Muscadines are almost ripe. I can't wait. They've been green for a long, long time.

I'm one of those people who loves to take advantage of natural items, and so I eat them and spit out seed into my hand and do what nature would have me do. I walk a little distance away from the vine and throw the seed somewhere else. And that causes the muscadine vines to expand.

Vitis rotundifolia is the scientific name. Purple would be muscadine. Yellow would be scuppernong.

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Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene, which began its long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.