Cyphostemma schlechteri (Gilg & M. Brandt) Desc. ex Wild & R.B. Drumm.

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Synonyms: Cissus schlechteri Gilg & M.Brandt
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
More or less erect glaucous herb up to c. 50 cm high. Tendrils rarely present, usually not curly at the end. Leaves (sub)sessile, 3-5-foliolate, fleshy.
Notes: See the similar Cyphostemma omburense for comparison. That species mainly differs in its prostrate or climbing habit with distinct curled tendrils and inflorescences appearing more axillary.
Derivation of specific name: schlechteri: named after Friedrich Schlechter (1872-1925), German botanist and traveller.
Habitat: On rocky soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 118.

Retief, E. & Crouch, N.R. (2010). Notes on African plants: Vitaceae; The Status of Cyphostemma unguiformifolium in Southern Africa Bothalia 40(2) Pages 167 - 169. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Page 31. including C. omburense

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 0 - 463. including C. omburense

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyphostemma schlechteri
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyphostemma schlechteri
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyphostemma schlechteri
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cyphostemma schlechteri
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyphostemma schlechteri
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cyphostemma schlechteri
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyphostemma schlechteri
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyphostemma schlechteri
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyphostemma schlechteri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyphostemma schlechteri
Plants of the World Online: Cyphostemma schlechteri
Tropicos: Cyphostemma schlechteri
Wikipedia: Cyphostemma schlechteri

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: Species information: Cyphostemma schlechteri., retrieved 23 March 2023

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