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(Labrusca, Vinifera)

Aminia is one of the best early grapes, its season being with or a
little after Moore Early. The grapes are of high quality and
attractive appearance, but the bunches are small, variable in size,
not well formed and the berries ripen unevenly. The vine is vigorous
but is neither as hardy nor as productive as a commercial variety
should be. In 1867 Isadora Bush, a Missourian, planted vines of Rogers
No. 39 from several different sources. When these came into bearing,
he distinguished three varieties. Bush selected the best of the three
and, with the consent of Rogers, named it Aminia. In spite of Bush's
care, there are two distinct grapes cultivated under this name.

Vine vigorous, precariously hardy, lacking in productiveness.
Canes rough, long, thick, dark brown; nodes enlarged; internodes
long; tendrils intermittent, long, trifid or bifid, persistent.
Leaves large; upper surface dull, smooth; lower surface light
green, pubescent; lobes three; terminal lobe acute; petiolar sinus
deep, narrow, often closed and overlapping; basal sinus usually
lacking; lateral sinus shallow, narrow; teeth shallow, wide.
Flowers open in mid-season, self-sterile; stamens reflexed.

Fruit early, keeps well. Clusters small, broad, irregular,
conical, sometimes with a long shoulder, loose; pedicel long with
few warts; brush short, thick, brownish-red. Berries variable,
round, dull black with thin bloom, persistent, firm; skin thick,
tender, adherent with purplish-red pigment, astringent; flesh
greenish, translucent, tender, solid, coarse, foxy; good. Seeds
adherent, one to six, very large.

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