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(Labrusca, Vulpina, Vinifera)

Rommel is rarely cultivated in the North, because the vines lack in
robustness, hardiness and productiveness and are susceptible to the
leaf-hopper; and the grapes do not attain high quality and crack as
they ripen. The bunch and berry are attractive in form, size and
color. At its best, Rommel is a good table-grape and makes a fine
white wine. It is worth growing in the South. T. V. Munson, Denison,
Texas, originated Rommel in 1885, from seed of Elvira pollinated by
Triumph, and introduced it in 1889.

Vine vigorous in the South. Canes long, numerous, thick,
reddish-brown, surface roughened; nodes enlarged, often flattened;
internodes short; tendrils intermittent, long, bifid or trifid.
Leaves medium in size, round, thick; upper surface light green,
dull, rugose; lower surface pale green, free from pubescence but
slightly hairy; leaf not lobed, terminus acute to acuminate;
petiolar sinus deep, narrow, often closed and overlapping; basal
sinus lacking; lateral sinus shallow when present; teeth deep.
Flowers semi-fertile, late; stamens upright.

Fruit mid-season, ships and keeps well. Clusters medium to short,
broad, cylindrical, single-shouldered, compact; pedicel slender,
smooth; brush short, pale green. Berries large, roundish, light
green with a yellow tinge, glossy, persistent, firm; skin thin,
cracks badly, tender, adherent, without pigment or astringency;
flesh greenish, translucent, juicy, tender, melting, stringy,
sweet; fair to good. Seeds free, one to four, broad,
sharp-pointed, plump, brown.

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