Cissus trothae Gilg & M. Brandt

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Cissus trothae

Escarpment miombo woodland
Near Mulungushi Boat Club, Kabwe Distr.
Feb 2023
Photo: Tim Harvey

Cissus trothae

Stem and Fruits
Escarpment miombo woodland
Near Mulungushi Boat Club, Kabwe Distr.
Feb 2023
Photo: Tim Harvey

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Erect shrublet from perennial rootstock, flowering before adult leaves are produced; whole plant except petals and ovary densely ferruginous-tomentose; stem cylindric. Tendrils usually absent. Leaves simple; petiole 4–18 cm. long; leaf-lamina up to 23 × 22 cm., circular to broadly ovate, apex obtuse, sometimes obscurely 3-lobed, margin dentate or sinuate-dentate, base deeply cordate; stipules up to 15 × 8 mm., densely pubescent outside, glabrous within. Cymes leaf-opposed; peduncle 2–4 cm. long; pedicels congested, 4 mm. long, lengthening to 10 mm. in fruit; bracts and bracteoles up to 4 mm. long. Flower-bud 3 mm. long, puberulous towards apex. Calyx 1 mm. long. Petals purple. Ovary glabrous; style 1 mm. long; stigma subcapitate. Fruit 9 × 6 mm., glabrous.
Type location:
Syntypes from Tanzania
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Rocky slopes in Brachystegia woodland and edges of swamps
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 18 April 2023

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.

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 21 - 22.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 452 - 453.

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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: Species information: Cissus trothae., retrieved 13 April 2024

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