Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Vitales

Vitaceae - Wild grape family


Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966) Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2)

Description of the family

Erect, trailing or climbing perennial herbs, climbing shrubs or small trees, with swollen nodes. Tendrils usually present, leaf-opposed or arising from the peduncle. Stipules present or 0. Leaves alternate, simple or digitately lobed or compound (rarely pedate). Flowers usually bisexual, actinomorphic. Calyx ± entire or 4-6-lobed. Petals 4-6, free. Disk ring-shaped or of separate glands. Ovary superior, 2-locular. Fruit a berry with 1-4 seeds.

Worldwide: 14 genera and 850 species, occurring in tropical and warm areas.

Zambia: 6 genera and 66 taxa.

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Ampelocissus Planch.Description, Image
Cayratia Juss.Description
Cissus L.Description
Cyphostemma (Planch.) AlstonDescription
Leea L.Description, Image
Rhoicissus Planch.Description

Other sources of information about Vitaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Vitaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Vitaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Vitaceae
Flora of Malawi: Vitaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Vitaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Vitaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Vitaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Vitaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vitaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vitaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vitaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Vitaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Vitaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vitaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Vitaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vitaceae
Wikipedia: Vitaceae
Plants of the World Online: Vitaceae
Tropicos: Vitaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Vitaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=234, retrieved 3 December 2023

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