Rhoicissus revoilii Planch.

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Rhoicissus revoilii

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Rhoicissus revoilii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Rhoicissus revoilii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

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Synonyms: Rhoicissus sansibarensis Gilg
Rhoicissus schlechteri Gilg & M. Brandt
Common names:
Status: Native
Usually a scrambling shrub, sometimes a small tree. Leaves 3-foliolate, ovate, with lateral leaflets strongly asymmetrical, densely covered in rusty or grey-green hairs, mainly on the under surface. Flowers in dense heads, leaf-opposed, yellowish-green, covered in rusty, woolly hairs. Fruit fleshy, 2-lobed with a warty surface.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: revoilii: named after Georges Révoil (1852-1894), French plant collector and author.
Habitat: In mixed woodland, closely associated with rocky hillsides and kopjes.
Altitude range: Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Ghana, DRC, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Also in the Comores and Southern Arabia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 555. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 47.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 677 - 678. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 83.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 111.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 29.

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 12 - 13.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 447 - 448.

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Flora of Botswana: Rhoicissus revoilii
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Flora of Malawi: Rhoicissus revoilii
Flora of Mozambique: Rhoicissus revoilii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rhoicissus revoilii

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

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: Species information: Rhoicissus revoilii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137830, retrieved 4 October 2023

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