Cissus cornifolia (Baker) Planch.

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Cissus cornifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

Cissus cornifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

Cissus cornifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

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Synonyms: Cissus lonicerifolia C.A. Sm.
Common names: Idebelebe (Ndebele) Ivy-grape (English) Mudzambiringa (Shona)
Status: Native
Scandent shrub, rarely a very small tree growing from a large tuberous rootstock. Stems cylindric, swollen at the nodes, rarely with tendrils. Leaves, alternate, elliptic to oblong, 2-8 cm long, hairless, lowermost pair of lateral veins starting at the base of the lamina, strongly smelling when crushed; margin serrate. Flowers in leaf-opposed, branched inflorescences, small, yellow or green. Fruit ovoid c. 1 cm long, purple to black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: cornifolia: with leaves like a Dogwood (Cornus sp - Cornaceae)
Habitat: In open woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Throughout Tropical Africa to Limpopo and Mpumalanga, S Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Hippotion celerio (Food plant)
Hippotion osiris (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 26 September 2007

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 24 - 25.


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West African Plants database: Cissus cornifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cissus cornifolia., retrieved 2 September 2015

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