Cyphostemma rhodesiae (Gilg & M.Brandt) Desc. ex Wild & R.B. Drumm

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Cyphostemma rhodesiae

Open woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Feb 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Cyphostemma rhodesiae

Open woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Feb 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Cyphostemma rhodesiae

Open woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Feb 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Cyphostemma rhodesiae

Open woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Feb 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Cyphostemma rhodesiae

Open woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Feb 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Cissus rhodesiae Gilg & Brandt
Cissus zombensis sensu Baker f.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Erect herb up to 1.3 m tall; stem stout, sulcate, with a loose ferruginous indumentum or glabrescent; tendrils absent; leaves digitate, 3-5-foliate, sessile or subsessile; leaflet-lamina up to 25 x 14 cm, oblong-elliptic to obovate, margin serrate, apex rounded or acute, base cuneate, glabrous above and sparsely pilose below; stipules up to 2 x 0.8 cm, lanceolate-acuminate, densely pubescent or glabrescent with hairs on margins; petiolules up to 3 cm long; cymes terminal or in the upper axils, di- or trichotomous; peduncle up to 10 cm long, densely pubescent or glabrescent; pedicels up to 2 mm long from densely ferruginous-pilose to pubescent; bracts and bracteoles 1-2 mm long, linear, ferruginously hairy; flower bud up to 2.5 mm long, oblong-cylindric, constricted in the upper half, pilose; calyx 0.5 mm long, pilose; ovary sparsely puberulous or glabrous; style 1.5 mm long, slightly capitate; fruit purple-black, c. 1.2 x 0.8 cm, sub-globose, glabrous; seed 1, c. 0.8 x 0.7 cm, ovoid, without a strong dorsal crest but ruguse.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: rhodesiae: of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the country where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: Brachystegia woodland
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the Flora Zambesiaca region; Zambia south through Malawi and Mozambique to Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 March 2020

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 34 - 35.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 472 - 473.

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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: Cyphostemma rhodesiae., retrieved 2 February 2023

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