4918.000 Cissus L.

Description of the genus

Erect or climbing perennial herbs or shrubs, sometimes succulent (quadrangularis); tendrils leaf-opposed or 0. Stipules present. Leaves simple (in ours), lobed or digitately 3-7-foliolate. Flowers 4-merous, bisexual, in leaf-opposed or terminal cymes. Fl. bud conic, not constricted at the middle. Disk annular, entire or lobed. Seeds 1(-2).

Derivation of name: From the Greek, kissos, meaning ivy.

Worldwide: c. 200 species in tropical and warm areas.

Malawi: 9 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Agoma trimenii (Trimen's false tiger)
Euchloron megaera (Verdant hawk)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
cornifolia (Baker) Planch.SDescription, Image
cucumerifolia Planch.C,SDescription, Image
integrifolia (Baker) Planch.C,SDescription, Image
oliveri (Engl.) GilgN
petiolata Hook. f.SDescription, Image
producta Afzel.N,C,S
quadrangularis L.NDescription, Image
rotundifolia (Forssk.) VahlSDescription, Image
rubiginosa (Welw. ex Baker) Planch.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Cissus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cissus
Flora of Caprivi: Cissus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cissus
Flora of Mozambique: Cissus
Flora of Zambia: Cissus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cissus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cissus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cissus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cissus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cissus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cissus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Cissus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cissus
JSTOR Plant Science: Cissus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cissus
Plants of the World Online: Cissus
Tropicos: Cissus
Wikipedia: Cissus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Cissus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=928, retrieved 18 April 2024

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