One of about 30 American species or Wild vines with complete botanical name Vitis cinerea Engelm. ex Millardet . There is a similarity with the species Vitis aestivalis and in the 19th century both were still equated or the Cinerea regarded as Aestivalis variety. First the German botanist Georg Engelmann (1809-1884) classified Vitis cinerea as an independent species in 1880. Therefore, both Georg Engelmann and the French Reblauspionier Alexis Millardet (1838-1902) in the botanical name. Today, the species is divided into the following five (sometimes six) varieties:
Trivial synonyms include Ashy Grape, Ashy-leaved Grape, Downy Grape, Graybark Grape Sweet Winter Grape, Parra Silvestre, Vigne à Feuille de Clématite, Winter Grape, and Wichita. The color-related names refer to the typical pale gray color of the young leaves and shoots, a German name is therefore Graurinden vine . The vine occurs in the southeastern United States and grows wild in alluvial forests, on river banks and on fences.