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  1. Family: Vitaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cissus L.
      1. Cissus aphylla Chiov.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Ethiopia to E. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Scrambling shrub or climber to 1 m. tall; stems reddish when young, later grey, somewhat angled and ridged, glabrous, usually leafless when flowering; tendrils few, 3.5 cm. long.
    Leaves
    Leaves ovate, 1–3.5 cm. long, 0.7–2 cm. wide, narrowly rounded to acute and apiculate at the apex, truncate or slightly subcordate at the base, glabrous; petiole 2–6 mm. long; stipules ± ovate, 1–1.5 mm. long, acute, ± auriculate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences graceful, much branched, (1–)2.5–4 cm. long, glabrous; peduncle and axes purple, 1–8 mm. long; pedicels 2–3 mm. long, glabrous; bracts 1 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx plate-like, 1.2 mm. diameter, entire or slightly erose, glabrous.
    Corolla
    Petals green, ovate, 2 mm. long, 1.2 mm. wide, glabrous.
    Disc
    Disk yellow-green.
    Style
    Style 1 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruits green turning greenish pink then eventually dark purple, ellipsoid, 1.2 cm. long, 5–7 mm. wide when dry, ± beaked at apex and constricted at base, with a glaucous bloom.
    Seeds
    Seed compressed-ellipsoid, 8 mm. long, 6 mm. wide.
    Habitat
    Open bushland to dense mixed thicket of Acacia, Commiphora, Terminalia, Grewia, etc.; 100–750 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K7

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Other Data

    Cissus aphylla Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Res. Sci. Somalia Ital. 1: 55 (1916)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Vollesen in Fl. Ethiopia 3: 404 (1990).
    • Chiov., Result. Sci. Miss. Stef.-Paoli 1, Coll. Bot.: 55 (1916).

    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