Cissampelos mucronata A. Rich.

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Cissampelos mucronata

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Cleveland Dam

Cissampelos mucronata

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Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Cissampelos mucronata

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Zona Tea Estates, near Mt Selinda

Cissampelos mucronata

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Along main Zvishavane - Rutenga road

Cissampelos mucronata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along main Zvishavane - Rutenga road

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Synonyms: Cissampelos macrostachya Klotzsch
Cissampelos pareira L. var. mucronata (A. Rich.) Engl.
Cissampelos senensis Klotzsch
Common names: Hairy heartleaf (English) Heart-leaved vine (English) Nyakuta (Shona) Ruzambu (Shona)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Liane with a woody rootstock. The leaves are subpeltate, ovate-cordate and covered in greyish indumentum; mucronate at the apex; flowers axillary or in false racemes, sexes separate; fruits green, turning bright red when ripe, held in pubescent leaf-like bracts.
Derivation of specific name: mucronata: with a small apical point; mucronate
Habitat: In open habitats: grassland and burnt veld.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Namibia and South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 29 September 2016

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 296. (Includes a picture).

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 62.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

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 219.

Troupin, G. (1960). Menispermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 167 - 169.

Troupin, G. (1962). Monographie des Menispermaceae africaines Mémoires in-8° Nouvelle série XIII-2 Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer Pages 279 - 286.

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Flora of Botswana: Cissampelos mucronata
Flora of Caprivi: Cissampelos mucronata
Flora of Malawi: Cissampelos mucronata
Flora of Mozambique: Cissampelos mucronata
Flora of Zambia: Cissampelos mucronata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cissampelos mucronata
African Plant Database: Cissampelos mucronata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cissampelos mucronata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cissampelos mucronata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cissampelos mucronata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cissampelos mucronata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cissampelos mucronata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cissampelos mucronata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cissampelos mucronata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cissampelos mucronata
Ispot Southern Africa: Cissampelos mucronata
JSTOR Plant Science: Cissampelos mucronata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cissampelos mucronata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cissampelos mucronata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cissampelos mucronata
Tropicos: Cissampelos mucronata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cissampelos mucronata., retrieved 20 March 2018

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