Cissus petiolata Hook. f.

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Cissus petiolata

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National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Cissus suberosa (Welw. ex Baker) Planch.
Vitis suberosa Welw. ex Baker
Common names:
Robust climber. Stems quadrangular, developing corky wings when older (photo right); tendrils simple. Leaves simple, broadly ovate to almost circular, up to c. 13 × 13 cm, mostly hairless, apiculate at the apex; cordate at the base; margin obscurely dentate; petiole up to c. 11 cm long. Flowers in terminal and axillary, branched inflorescences, small, yellowish green. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 8 mm in diameter, hairless.
Notes: Not recorded from Malawi in Flora Zambesiaca (Volume 2 part 2: 450, 1966).
Derivation of specific name: petiolata: petiolate, with a (distinct) petiole
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Worldwide distribution: From West Africa to Ethiopia and South to Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Climber.
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Pages 85 - 86.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 258.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 177.

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 185.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 76.

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 17 - 18.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 450 - 451.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cissus petiolata
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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: Species information: Cissus petiolata., retrieved 15 July 2024

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