African Plant Database

Cyphostemma serpens (A. Rich.) Desc.
Protologue : Naturalia Monspel., Sér. Bot. 18: 228 (1967)
Information on the genus : Cyphostemma
Basionym : Cissus serpens A. Rich.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cyphostemma serpens (A. Rich.) Desc. subsp. serpens
 Cissus serpens A. Rich. (1847)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Vitis serpens Hochst. ex A. Rich.
=Cissus lelyi Hutch. (1921)
=Cyphostemma lelyi (Hutch.) Desc. (1967)
=Cissus sesquipedalis Gilg (1895)
=Cyphostemma sesquipedale (Gilg) Desc. (1967)
=Cissus orondo Gilg & M. Brandt (1912)
=Cyphostemma orondo (Gilg & M. Brandt) Desc. (1967)
=Cissus schweinfurthii Planch. (1887)
=Cyphostemma schweinfurthii (Planch.) Desc. (1967)
Taxon infra-specific
Cyphostemma serpens subsp. conradsii (Gilg & M. Brandt) Verdc. (1993)
Cyphostemma serpens (A. Rich.) Desc. subsp. serpens
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Trailing or climbing herb 0,3-2 m long or sometimes forming mats to 1,2 m Ø and 0,6 m tall; rootstock swollen, woody, to 30x4-5 cm, red when cut; stems green, often flushed red at nodes, ± fleshy, together with most other parts covered with […]
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Ecology : Grassland especially on seasonally waterlogged black soil; grassland with scattered trees; scrub; riverine woodland; roadsides; improved pastureland; Acacia, Commiphora woodland and bushland on red sandy to loamy soil over limestone;[…]
  Extremely variable; often presence or absence of tendrils varying on different branches of the same plant; variable in length of petioles (leaves sessile in subsp. conradsii).
  ± 500-2550 m. alt.
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Record n°177349 modified 2007-02-02
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