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.

Mozambique: 16 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Agoma trimenii (Trimen's false tiger)
Euchloron megaera (Verdant hawk)
Cissus cucumerifolia

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aralioides (Welw. ex Baker) Planch.N,ZImage
aristolochiifolia Planch.[NrEnd]Z
bathyrhakodes Werderm.[NrEnd][VU]Z,MSDescription, Image
cornifolia (Baker) Planch.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
cucumerifolia Planch.N,MSDescription, Image
faucicola Wild & Drumm.T
grisea (Baker) Planch.TDescription, Image
integrifolia (Baker) Planch.N,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
petiolata Hook. f.Z,T,MSDescription, Image
producta Afzel.MS
quadrangularis L.Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
rotundifolia (Forssk.) VahlT,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
rubiginosa (Welw. ex Baker) Planch.NDescription, Image
schmitzii DewitN
trothae Gilg & M. BrandtT
welwitschii (Baker) Planch.Z,T,MSDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cissus:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cissus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cissus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cissus
Wikipedia: Cissus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cissus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cissus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Cissus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=928, retrieved 31 March 2023

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