Cissampelos torulosa E. Mey. ex Harv.

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Cissampelos torulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba, nr Twinstreams Cottage

Cissampelos torulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba, nr Twinstreams Cottage

Cissampelos torulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba, nr Twinstreams Cottage

Cissampelos torulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

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Synonyms: Cissampelos wildemaniana Van de Bossche ex De Wild.
Menispermum capense Thunb.
Common names: Kidney-leaf (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Slender climber with a woody rootstock. Leaves kidney-shaped, 3-5-veined from the base, glabrescent; petiole inserted at or very near the base of the leaf lamina. Flowers unisexual in axillary cymes. Male flowers with 4 petals and sepals; female flowers often only 2. Fruit an ovate-compressed drupe, yellow.
Derivation of specific name: torulosa: with small swellings.
Habitat: Along the margins of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Oraesia provocans (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Sunday 24 September 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 210. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 87.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 136 - 137. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 79.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 252 - 253. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 7.

Troupin, G. (1960). Menispermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 166.

Troupin, G. (1962). Monographie des Menispermaceae africaines Mémoires in-8° Nouvelle série XIII-2 Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer Pages 270 - 273.

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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: Species information: Cissampelos torulosa., retrieved 24 May 2024

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