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

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Distribution
C2; S1–3; E Ethiopia, Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range 30–460 m.
Vernacular
Arran, baraari, carmo, deeq daran, mahuè (Somali).
Type
S1, between “Mallable” and “Ailole”, Paoli 769 (FT holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Scandent shrub or climber, up to 3 m tall
Morphology Stem
Stems reddish when young, later grey, somewhat angled and ridged, glabrous; tendrils c. 3.5–5 cm long
Morphology Leaves
Leaves glabrous; petiole 1–10 mm long; blade ovate, up to 4.5 x 2.5 cm, truncate to subcordate at the base, narrowly rounded to acute and apiculate at the apex, with somewhat dentate margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers usually produced before the leaves, in much-branched glabrous 1.5–4 cm long inflorescences; peduncle 3–10 mm long; pedicels 2–4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 1.2 mm in diam., glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals yellowish-green, c. 2 mm long, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits ellipsoid, 10–12 x 5–7 mm, dark purple when ripe and with a glaucous covering
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed elliptic in outline, compressed, 8–9 x 5–6 mm, smooth apart from dorsal ridge.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General 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.
Morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx plate-like, 1.2 mm. diameter, entire or slightly erose, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals green, ovate, 2 mm. long, 1.2 mm. wide, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk yellow-green.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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

[FSOM]
Use
The plant is used in Somalia to cure scabies.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

Cissus aphylla Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

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

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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