Ampelocissus abyssinica (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Planch.

First published in Vigne Amér. Vitic. Eur. 9: 24 (1885)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Nigeria to Eritrea and N. Angola. It is a climber and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.

Descriptions

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

Morphology General Habit
Coarse climber to massive liane, the stems up to 0.8–1.2 cm. diameter, often spotted with deep blackish crimson spots, ± glabrous, usually flowering when almost leafless; tendrils branched.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves often purplish beneath, very variable, ± round or ovate-cordate in outline, 10–27 cm. long, 10–32 cm. wide, entire or more usually deeply 3–5(–7)-lobed, truncate to cordate at the base, margin sparsely obtusely to acutely dentate, venation beneath pubescent to hispidulous but otherwise leaf ± glabrous; petiole 5–20 cm. long, grooved; stipules elongate-triangular, 3–5 mm. long, obtuse or subacute, sometimes laterally expanded at the base and 5–10 mm. wide, glabrous except for ciliate margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in panicles 10–20 cm. long; axes densely pubescent; peduncle 7–12 cm. long; pedicels ± 1 mm. long, pubescent; bracts and bracteoles triangular, 1–2.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx cupuliform, 0.7–1 mm. long, entire or slightly lobed, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla ? green; petals oblong, 2–2.5 mm. long, obtuse, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits in bunches to 25 cm. long, oblong-ellipsoid, 1–1.5 cm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds flattened ellipsoid-ovoid, 9–11 mm. long, 6–7 mm. wide, little beaked, the groove not marked, keel narrow, testa finely irregularly rugose.
Figures
Fig. 1/1–11, p.4.
Habitat
Light woodland, evergreen forest, ravines; 780–1200 m.
Distribution
T4 U2
[FTEA]

Ampelidaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
A large climber.
[FWTA]

Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Flora of West Tropical Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0