Cyphostemma kirkianum (Planch.) Desc. ex Wild & R.B. Drumm.

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Cyphostemma kirkianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bue Maria, Gorongosa National Park

Cyphostemma kirkianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bue Maria, Gorongosa National Park

Cyphostemma kirkianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bue Maria, Gorongosa National Park

Cyphostemma kirkianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bue Maria, Gorongosa National Park

Cyphostemma kirkianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bue Maria, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Cissus kirkiana Planch.
Vitis cirrhosa sensu Baker p.p.
Vitis paucidentata sensu Kuntze
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Climbing herb, stems striate, with long glandular hairs and sometimes sparsely puberulous; tendrils present. Leaves 3–5-foliolate; petioles up to 8 cm long; leaflets elliptic, up to 12 cm long, hairless on both surfaces but often with a few stalked glands on the midrib; margin crenate-serrate; petiolules up to 1 cm long; stipules ovate-lanceolate, up to 2 cm long. Inflorescences lax, axillary on peduncle up to 8 cm long, puberulous and with long scattered glandular hairs; pedicels up to 1 cm long, densely pubescent; bracts and bracteoles more or less linear-lanceolate, up to 7 mm long, puberulous at least on the margins. Flowers greenish, orange- to red-tipped, puberulous; style 2 mm long, apex capitate. Fruit c. 1 × 0·7 cm, puberulous, sometimes also with scattered long glandular hairs(?)
Notes: In the field specimens often are characteristically coloured dark purple-red on all joints such as leafnodes, joints of petioles and petiolules, stipules and inflorescence branches.
Derivation of specific name: kirkianum: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: Thickets, woodland and riverine fringes.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,T,MS
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 5 June 2018
Literature:

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.

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. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 44 - 45.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 480.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyphostemma kirkianum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Cyphostemma kirkianum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyphostemma kirkianum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyphostemma kirkianum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cyphostemma kirkianum
Tropicos: Cyphostemma kirkianum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cyphostemma kirkianum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138070, retrieved 22 June 2018

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