African Plant Database

Cissus cactiformis Gilg
Protologue : Engl. Pflanzenw. Ost -Afr. C 258 (1895)
Information on the genus : Cissus
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Vitis succulenta Galpin (1895)
=Cissus succulenta (Galpin) Burtt Davy (1912)
=Cissus tetragona Harv. (1860)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Glabrous succulent grey-green or green and liver-coloured climber or scrambler 1,2-4,5 m long with root-tubers; stems quadrangular with massive wings, constricted at the nodes, striate and wrinkled in dry state; faces 2-8 cm wide;[…]
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Ecology : Commiphora, Kirkia and Acacia, Combretum, Diospyros, etc., woodland; mixed bushland of Commiphora, Acacia, Sterculia, Euphorbia, Entada, Boswellia, etc.; usually in stony places, rock domes, etc.; also on sand.
  30-1500 m alt. Easily grown from cuttings.Similar to C. quadrangularis (a smaller plant) and often put in synonymy under this species, however the two are quite distinct in the field. […]
  S. Africa, Swaziland.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology: perennial -Climber, Succulent - Ht indefinite Alt: 160 - 1000 m. Distribution: KN, LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Trop. E. Africa Vitaceae: 38 (1993)
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 677 (2006).
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 123832
Record n°123832
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