Cayratia gracilis (Guill. & Perr.) Suess.

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Cayratia gracilis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nr Nyakupinga R Bridge, by Juliasdale - Mutare Rd

Cayratia gracilis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nr Nyakupinga R Bridge, by Juliasdale - Mutare Rd

Cayratia gracilis

Picture: Bart Wursten
End of dam wall, Greystone Park NR

Cayratia gracilis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Hotel La Rochelle

Cayratia gracilis

Picture: Mark Hyde
25, Trafalgar Avenue, Sentosa, Harare

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Synonyms: Cissus gracilis Guill. & Perr.
Vitis gracilis (Guill. & Perr.) Baker pro parte
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial climbing herb with leaf-opposed tendrils. Leaves pedate with 5-8 leaflets. Leaflets distinctly asymmetrical with coarsely serrated margins. Inflorescences axillary, branched on a long peduncle. Flowers minute. Fruits up to 6.5 mm, spherical.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: gracilis: graceful, slender
Habitat: In various types of woodland and riverine vegetation.
Altitude range: Up to 1610 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 285. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 12.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 117.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 102.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 185.

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 52 - 53.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 491 - 493. (Includes a picture).

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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: Cayratia gracilis., retrieved 26 February 2024

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