2574.000 Cissampelos L.

Description of the genus

Climbers or lianes. Leaves simple, peltate or subpeltate. entire or angular. Male inflorescences of small corymbose cymes, either solitary, clustered or forming false racemes. Male flowers: sepals 4(-5), obovate; petals usually connate; stamens connate into a 4-10-locular androecium. Female inflorescences less well developed than male. Female flowers: sepals 1; petals 1(-4); carpel 1. Fruit a hairy or glabrous drupe with thin fleshy mesocarp.

Derivation of name: kissos - ivy, ampelos - vine, referring to the scrambling habit and the grape-like bunches of fruit.

Worldwide: 20 species in the tropics

Zambia: 4 taxa.

Cissampelos mucronata

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
mucronata A. Rich.B,N,W,C,SNw,N,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
owariensis DC. N,W,SNw,N,C
rigidifolia Engl. & Diels NLk
torulosa E. Mey. ex Harv.NDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cissampelos:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cissampelos
Flora of Caprivi: Cissampelos
Flora of Malawi: Cissampelos
Flora of Mozambique: Cissampelos
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cissampelos

External websites:

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

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: Genus page: Cissampelos.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=587, retrieved 28 September 2023

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