4918.000 Cissus L.

Description of the genus

Erect or climbing perennial herbs or shrubs, sometimes succulent (quadrangularis); tendrils leaf-opposed or 0. Stipules present. Leaves simple (in ours), lobed or digitately 3-7-foliolate. Flowers 4-merous, bisexual, in leaf-opposed or terminal cymes. Fl. bud conic, not constricted at the middle. Disk annular, entire or lobed. Seeds 1(-2).

Derivation of name: From the Greek, kissos, meaning ivy.

Worldwide: c. 200 species in tropical and warm areas.

Zambia: 17 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Agoma trimenii (Trimen's false tiger)
Euchloron megaera (Verdant hawk)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
aralioides (Welw. ex Baker) Planch.Nw,NImage
cornifolia (Baker) Planch.N,W,E,SLp,Lk,SDescription, Image
crusei Wild & R.B. Drumm.[End]W,C,SNw,Lk,SDescription, Image
fanshawei Wild & R.B. Drumm.[LR-lc]Cb
faucicola Wild & Drumm.NLp,N
grisea (Baker) Planch.SSDescription, Image
guerkeana (B├╝ttner) T. Durand & Schinz W
integrifolia (Baker) Planch.B,N,E,SC,S,WDescription, Image
nigropilosa Dewit N,Mc
petiolata Hook. f.Nw,LpDescription, Image
producta Afzel.Lp
quadrangularis L.W,SCbDescription, Image
quarrei Dewit Lp
rubiginosa (Welw. ex Baker) Planch.N,ELp,EDescription, Image
schmitzii DewitWCb
trothae Gilg & M. BrandtEEDescription, Image
welwitschii (Baker) Planch.E,SE,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cissus:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Cissus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=928, retrieved 21 February 2024

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