Rhoicissus rhomboidea (E. Mey. ex Harv.) Planch.

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Rhoicissus rhomboidea

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Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Rhoicissus rhomboidea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Haroni-Rusitu

Rhoicissus rhomboidea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Haroni-Rusitu

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Common names: Bastard forest grape (English) Glossy forest grape (English) Grape ivy (English) Mudzambiringa (Shona) Mufukamhunze (Shona) Mufukazviyo (Shona) Mugodzonga (Shona) Mukwidzi (Shona) Musikavakadzi (Shona) Rope-wood grape (English)
Description: Vigorous climber. Tendrils present, leaf-opposed. All younger parts covered in soft rust-coloured hairs. Leaves 3-foliolate, dark green above, paler below with rusty hairs on the underside. In older leaves these may be confined to the veins only. The lateral leaflets distinctly asymmetric; margin with few distinct teeth. Flowers in small axillary heads, yellowish-green. Fruit fleshy, spherical, red to purple-black when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: rhomboidea: rhombic, referring to the shape of the leaflets
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 11 - 12.

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African Plant Database: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhoicissus rhomboidea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rhoicissus rhomboidea
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JSTOR Plant Science: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
Tropicos: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
West African Plants database: Rhoicissus rhomboidea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Rhoicissus rhomboidea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=137840, retrieved 27 May 2016

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