Cyphostemma vandenbrandeanum (Dewit) Desc. ex Wild & R.B. Drumm.

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Cyphostemma vandenbrandeanum

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Near Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Cyphostemma vandenbrandeanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Cyphostemma vandenbrandeanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Roadside by end of Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park.

Cyphostemma vandenbrandeanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Roadside by end of Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Cissus vandenbrandeana Dewit
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Status: Native
Climbing or prostrate tendrilous vine with pubescent stems and sometimes with capitate-glandular hairs near the nodes. Leaves 3–5-foliolate; leaflets sessile or subsessile, elliptic, obovate or ovate, , up to 10 cm long and 5 cm wide, mostly hairless above but with a few hairs on the midrib, whitish-hairy beneath, veins reticulate; margin crenate; petiole up to 4·5 cm long but usually shorter, pubescent and sometimes with a few scattered capitate glands; stipules lanceolate, up to 1·2 cm long, more or less falcate, pubescent and sometimes with a few capitate glands at the margins. Inflorescences on side-branches, more or less compact; peduncle up to 7 cm long, densely pubescent, bracts and bracteoles 1–2 mm long, pubescent. Flower-bud up to 3 mm long, constricted near the middle, thinly pubescent along the petal margins and near the apex. Calyx more or less 4-toothed, pubescent and often with a few subsessile glands. Petals yellowish with red tips. Fruits not known.
Notes: Not recorded from Malawi in Flora Zambesiaca (Volume 2 part 2: 484, 1966).
Derivation of specific name: vandenbrandeanum after a colonial farm "Vandenbrande" in the Marungu highlands of Southeastern DRC where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: Along margins of forest.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Thursday 3 October 2019

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 286. (Includes a picture).

Dewit, J. (1959). Contribution à l'étude systématique des Cissus du Congo Belge et du Rwanda-Urundi (Vitaceae) Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de L'Etat, Bruxelles 29(3) Pages 264 - 265. Protologue as Cissus vandenbrandeana

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 23.

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

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 103.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 484 - 485.

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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: Cyphostemma vandenbrandeanum., retrieved 13 June 2024

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