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Rhoicissus tridentata (L. f.) Wild & R.B. Drumm.
Information on the genus : Rhoicissus
Basionym : Rhus tridentata L. f.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Rhus tridentata L. f. (1782)
 Rhoicissus tridentata (L. f.) Wild & R.B. Drumm. subsp. tridentata
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Rhoicissus holstii Engl. (1894)
=Vitis erythrodes Fresen. (1837)
=Rhoicissus erythrodes (Fresen.) Planch. (1887)
=Cissus inaequilatera E. Mey. ex Harv.
=Cissus pauciflora Burch.
=Cissus tridentata (L. f.) Eckl. & Zeyh.
=Rhoicissus pauciflora (Burch.) Planch.
=Rhoicissus verdickii De Wild.
=Vitis cuneifolia (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Planch.
=Vitis erythrodes var. ferruginea Baker
=*Rhoicissus cirrhiflora auct.
=Rhoicissus usambarensis Gilg (1895)
=Cissus usambarensis Gilg ex Engl.
Taxon infra-specific
Rhoicissus tridentata subsp. cuneifolia (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Urton (1986)
Rhoicissus tridentata (L. f.) Wild & R.B. Drumm. subsp. tridentata
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or treelet 1-4 m tall, or more often a robust woody climber 2-10 m long; stems porous, containing a watery sap; young branches with rust-coloured (woolly) pubescence; tendrils leaf-opposed, fulvous pubescent or glabrescent,[…]
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Ecology : In a wide range of habitats. Grassland with scattered trees; thicket and scrub; forest edges; often in rock crevices; dry Juniperus forest; riverine forest; montane rain-forest[…]
  An extremely variable species. Specimens with entire leaves have been named R. usambarensis. Shape and size of leaflets, their toothing and length of petioles are variable. Two subspecies are sometimes recognized[…]
  0-2400 m alt. Sometimes difficult to distinguish from R. revoilii; but the taxa become increasingly distinct towards the North.
  S. Africa, Botswana, Swaziland; Saudi Arabia, Yemen !

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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