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  1. Family: Vitaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cissus L.
      1. Cissus ruspolii Gilg

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to N. Kenya and NE. DR Congo.

    [FTEA]

    Vitaceae, Bernard Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1993

    Habit
    Climber or creeper to 1.5 m.; stems slender, pale, ridged and striate when dry, glabrous; tendrils simple or rarely bifid.
    Leaves
    Leaves not succulent, 3-foliolate; median leaflet narrowly elliptic, narrowly oblong or lanceolate, 3.5–12 cm. long, 1–3.5 cm. wide, acute at the apex, narrowly cuneate at the base, the laterals asymmetrically obliquely lanceolate to ovate, 2–9.5 cm. long, 0.7–3 cm. wide, acute, asymmetrically broadly cuneate at the base, sometimes ± lobed at base on outer side, all sharply toothed at the margins, glabrous; petiole 1–4.5 cm. long; median petiolules 0–5 mm. long but appearing longer due to very narrow cuneation of blade; lateral petiolules usually obsolete or up to 2 mm. long; stipules oblong, 3 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, bilobed at the base.
    Flowers
    Flowers in terminal and axillary lax cymes 1.5–7 cm. long, of 2–6 umbelliform elements; peduncle 1–3 cm. long; secondary axes 0.2–1 cm. long; pedicels crimson, 3–5 mm. long, scurfy-pubescent, lengthening in fruit to 8 mm. and thickening.
    Calyx
    Calyx crimson, cupular, 1 mm. tall, 2.5 mm. wide, entire, glabrous.
    Corolla
    Corolla greenish yellow, often tipped pinkish red; buds ovoid, obtuse; petals ovate, 2 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit red, ellipsoid, 8–12 mm. long, 5–7 mm. wide.
    Seeds
    Seed straw-coloured, ellipsoid, 7–8 mm. long, 4–5.5 mm. wide, 4 mm. thick, slightly keeled, smooth.
    Habitat
    Bushland and scrub, seasonally swampy grassland with trees, sometimes on old termite mounds; 1065–1500 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K3 U2 U4

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zaïre

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Cissus ruspolii Gilg appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Notizbl. Königl. Bot. Gart. Berlin 4: 186 (1906)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Verdcourt, B. (1993). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Vitaceae: 1-149.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Vollesen in Fl. Ethiopia 3: 408 (1990).
    • Dewit in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 9: 547 (1960).
    • Gilg & Brandt in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 46: 486 (1912).
    • Gilg in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahelm 4:186 (1905).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0