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

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Rhoicissus rhomboidea

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Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Rhoicissus rhomboidea

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Road to Haroni-Rusitu

Rhoicissus rhomboidea

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Road to Haroni-Rusitu

Rhoicissus rhomboidea

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Rhoicissus rhomboidea

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Synonyms: Cissus rhombia Hovey
Cissus rhomboidea E.Mey. ex Harv.
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, or more or less diamond-shaped, referring to the shape of the leaflets
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa.
Growth form(s): Climber.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 555. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 47.

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 83.

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.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 446 - 447.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 100.

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Flora of Mozambique: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rhoicissus rhomboidea
African Plant Database: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
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JSTOR Plant Science: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
Plants of the World Online: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
Tropicos: Rhoicissus rhomboidea
Wikipedia: Rhoicissus rhomboidea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Rhoicissus rhomboidea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=137840, retrieved 30 May 2024

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