Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Vitaceae - Wild grape family

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966) Vitaceae FZ 2(2)

Description of the family

Erect, trailing or climbing perennial herbs, climbing shrubs or small trees, with swollen nodes. Tendrils usually present, leaf-opposed or arising from the peduncle. Stipules present or 0. Leaves alternate, simple or digitately lobed or compound (rarely pedate). Flowers usually bisexual, actinomorphic. Calyx ± entire or 4-6-lobed. Petals 4-6, free. Disk ring-shaped or of separate glands. Ovary superior, 2-locular. Fruit a berry with 1-4 seeds.

Worldwide: 14 genera and 850 species, occurring in tropical and warm areas.

Zimbabwe: 6 genera and 45 taxa.

Ampelocissus obtusata

More sample images from the Vitaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Ampelocissus africana var. africana

Ampelocissus africana var. africana

Cissus grisea

Cissus grisea

Cissus quadrangularis

Cissus quadrangularis

Cyphostemma humile subsp. dolichopus

Cyphostemma humile subsp. dolichopus

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Ampelocissus Planch.Description, Image
Cayratia Juss.Description, Image
Cissus L.Description, Image
Cyphostemma (Planch.) AlstonDescription, Image
Parthenocissus Planch.Description, Image
Rhoicissus Planch.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Vitaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Vitaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Vitaceae | cultivated Vitaceae
Flora of Zambia: Vitaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Vitaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Vitaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=234, retrieved 22 September 2014

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