Ampelocissus africana (Lour.) Merr.
var. africana

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Ampelocissus africana var. africana

Photo: Mark Hyde
Christon Bank near carpark

Ampelocissus africana var. africana

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mavhuradonha Wilderness Eco-Lodge

Ampelocissus africana var. africana

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mavhuradonha Wilderness Eco-Lodge

Ampelocissus africana var. africana

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mavhuradonha Wilderness Eco-Lodge

Ampelocissus africana var. africana

Photo: Carl Nicholson
Bream farm Chawara, Kariba.

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Synonyms: Ampelocissus grantii Baker
Ampelocissus mossambicensis (Klotzsch) Planch.
Common names: Mudzambiringa (Shona) Simple-leaved wild grape (English)
Status: Native
Vigorous climber or sometimes prostrate creeper. Leaves simple, very broadly ovate to almost circular in outline, entire to more or less deeply 3-5-lobed, deeply and broadly cordate at the base; margin toothed or scalloped. Flowers in moderately dense, leaf-opposed heads, wine-red, with a tendril arising from below the flowers on the the inflorescence peduncle. Fruit subspherical, c. 1 cm in diameter, in dense clusters.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In woodland and along forest margins
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Worldwide distribution: From Guinea to Tchad and Sudan and South to Caprivi, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 September 2015

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 285. as Ampelocissus africana (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257. As Ampelocissus africana

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 146. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 114. as Ampelocissus africanus (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 111. as Ampelocissus africana

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 228.

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 6 - 7.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1963). Vitaceae from the Flora Zambesiaca area: 3 Kirkia 3 Pages 17 - 18.


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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: Species information: Ampelocissus africana var. africana., retrieved 29 July 2016

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