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Ampelocissus africana (Lour.) Merr.
Information on the genus : Ampelocissus
Basionym : Botria africana Lour.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ampelocissus africana (Lour.) Merr. var. africana
 Botria africana Lour. (1790)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Vitis grantii Baker (1868)
=Ampelocissus grantii (Baker) Planch. (1885)
=Vitis mossambicensis Klotzsch (1861)
=Ampelocissus mossambicensis (Klotzsch) Planch. (1885)
=Ampelocissus schliebenii Werderm. (1936)
=Ampelocissus volkensii Gilg (1895)
=Ampelocissus gourmaensis A. Chev. (1950)
=Ampelocissus asarifolia (Baker) Planch.
=Ampelocissus chantinii (Carrière) Planch.
=Vitis asarifolia Baker
=Vitis chantinii Carrière
Taxon infra-specific
Ampelocissus africana (Lour.) Merr. var. africana
Ampelocissus africana var. migeodii Verdc. (1993)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Climber, trailer or liane 0,5-9 m long; branches often reddish, striate, to 5 mm Ø, entirely glabrous or pubescent when young; rootstock to 1,2 m long, described in one note as rather like cassava (Manihot), with red bark; leaves simple[…]
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Ecology : Seasonally swampy grassland; coastal and other deciduous thickets; grassland with trees; Sclerocarya and Brachystegia woodland, riverine forest; old termite mounds; rocky hillsides; relict in cultivations; gravelly soils;[…]
  Very variable in hairiness: specimens ± glabrous to straggly cottony (cf. Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Vitaceae: 6, 1993).
  Namibia, Caprivi Strip, Botswana.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:349 (2012)
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména
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