Rhoicissus tomentosa (Lam.) Wild & R.B. Drumm.

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Rhoicissus tomentosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Rhoicissus tomentosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Rhoicissus tomentosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

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Synonyms: Rhoicissus capensis Planch.
Common names: Common forest grape (English) Large-leaved grape ivy (English) Mudzambiringa (Shona) Mufukamhunze (Shona) Mufukazviyo (Shona) Mugodzonga (Shona) Mukwidzi (Shona) Musikavakadzi (Shona)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Woody climber or liane, reaching up to 20 m into the canopy of evergreen and riverine forest. Young branches, petioles and leaf-opposed tendrils densely covered with rusty, woolly hairs. Leaves alternate, 3-veined from the base, broadly rounded or kidney-shaped, shiny dark green above, paler below; margin dentate. Flowers in dense stalked heads, small, creamy-green. Fruit spherical, fleshy, red to black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: tomentosa: tomentose, densely woolly
Habitat: Evergreen and riverine forest
Altitude range: (metres) 780 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 10 March 2007

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 556. (Includes a picture).

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Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 24.

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 186.

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 8 - 10. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1963). Vitaceae from the Flora Zambesiaca area: 3 Kirkia 3 Pages 18 - 19.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 444.

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

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: Rhoicissus tomentosa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137850, retrieved 25 May 2024

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