What flower is that?

Hops vine Hop vine blossoms Hops
Upper photos credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2016
Lower photo credit: H. Zell (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The mystery plant for November is a vine with opposite, toothed and lobed leaves.  The large leaves are divided into 3-5 lobes.  The stems are very rough and the vines grow to about 20 feet long.  Male and female flowers are 5-parted and borne on separate plants (dioecious).  The vines grow up to 20 feet or more, often climbing over nearby shrubs and plants.  It can be found along fencerows or in lightly wooded places. It is a rather uncommon plant in RI.  The fruit of this vine is used in the manufacture of a commonly used product.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Humulus lupulus
Common Name:
  Hops
Family:
  Cannabaceae (Cannabis or Hops Family)
Habitat:
  Thickets, old homesteads, fencerows

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