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Vitis tiliifolia is a New World liana in the grape family commonly known as Caribbean grape.[1] Other names include West Indian grape,[2] water vine, and (in Belizean Creole) water tie-tie and water-wise.[3]

Caribbean grape
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Vitales
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Vitis
V. tiliifolia
Binomial name
Vitis tiliifolia

Vitis caribaea DC.




Vitis tiliifolia is grown as a forest crop in Mayan agriculture, and is used for food or drink, or as an ingredient in medicines.[3]


Vitis tiliifolia may have some resistance to Pierce's disease (PD), which afflicts many commercial grape species; it has exhibited atypical symptoms despite harboring high populations of the plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, which causes PD.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d  The original description of V. tiliifolia is found in Syst. veg. 5:320. 1819 "Vitis tiliifolia". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "Vitis tiliifolia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Waight, Marlyn (July 6, 2009). "Plant List". Forest Garden Database. Exploring Solutions Past: The Mayan Forest Alliance; El Pilar Maya Forest Garden Network. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  4. ^ Xiang Yang Shi, C. Korsi Dumenyo, Rufina Hernandez-Martinez, Hamid Azad and Donald A. Cooksey (Nov 2007). "Characterization of Regulatory Pathways in Xylella fastidiosa: Genes and Phenotypes Controlled by algU". Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 73 (21): 6748–6756. doi:10.1128/AEM.01232-07. PMC 2074953. PMID 17827317.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

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