Cissus petiolata Hook. f.

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Cissus petiolata

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National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Cissus suberosa (Welw. ex Baker) Planch.
Vitis suberosa Welw. ex Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust climber. Stems quadrangular, developing corky wings when older (photo right); tendrils simple. Leaves simple, broadly ovate to almost circular, up to c. 13 × 13 cm, mostly hairless, apiculate at the apex; cordate at the base; margin obscurely dentate; petiole up to c. 11 cm long. Flowers in terminal and axillary, branched inflorescences, small, yellowish green. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 8 mm in diameter, hairless.
Derivation of specific name: petiolata: petiolate, with a (distinct) petiole
Habitat: In margins of evergreen forest.
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Worldwide distribution: From West Africa to Ethiopia and South to Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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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 258.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 185.

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 17 - 18.


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African Plant Database: Cissus petiolata
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cissus petiolata
Tropicos: Cissus petiolata
West African Plants database: Cissus petiolata

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: Cissus petiolata., retrieved 29 May 2016

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