Cissus rubiginosa (Welw. ex Baker) Planch.

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Cissus rubiginosa

Miombo woodland
Mukunsa, Mporokoso Distr.
Apr 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Cissus rubiginosa

Miombo woodland
Mukunsa, Mporokoso Distr.
Apr 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Cissus rubiginosa

Miombo woodland
Mukunsa, Mporokoso Distr.
Apr 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Cissus rubiginosa

Miombo woodland
Mukunsa, Mporokoso Distr.
Apr 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Cissus bussei Gilg & Brandt
Vitis rubiginosa Welw. ex Bak.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Climbing herb with cylindrical stems and 2-fid tendrils; all parts woolly-pilose with reddish-brown hairs; leaves simple, up to 13.5 x 15 cm., circular to broadly-elliptic or ovate, obtuse or apiculate at apex, deeply cordate at base, margins dentate with projecting teeth up to 2 mm long; petiole up to 8 cm long; stipules 7 x 3 mm, oblong-falcate; inflorescences in leaf-opposed cymes with peduncles up to 6.5 cm long; pedicels 4 mm long lengthening to 11 mm in fruit; bracts and bracteoles up to 4 x 1.5 mm., lanceolate; flower-bud 2-2.5 mm long; calyx 1 mm long, subentire; fruit 7 x 5 mm when dry, often with persistent style, glabrous; seed 1, 6 x 4 mm., with dorsal crest.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: rubiginosa: rusty red, referring to the indumentum covering almost the whole plant.
Habitat: In rocky places in Brachystegia woodland and fringing forest
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from West Africa east to the Sudan and south to Angola, Zambia and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,E
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 22 October 2022

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).

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 23 - 24.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 455.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cissus rubiginosa
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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 rubiginosa., retrieved 27 February 2024

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