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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to N. Uganda.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Juicy liane to 9(–15) m. long; young stems green in life, glabrous to pubescent; older stems soft, pliable with smooth red-brown bark, sometimes glaucous; tendrils present.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves red when young, ovate or somewhat rhombic-or oblong-ovate or ± round, 5–20.5 cm. long, 3–17 cm. wide, narrowly acuminate at the apex, cordate at the base, margin with close very narrow somewhat spreading teeth 1 mm. long, glabrous above except for finely puberulous main nerves, velvety pale brown pubescent on venation beneath when young, the pubescence defining narrowly oblong areoles in young leaves which are more finely puberulous; petiole 3–12 cm. long; stipules peltate, rounded oblong, 3.5–6 mm. long, 2.5–4 mm. wide, cordate, ± glabrous or densely pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences complicated umbel-like cymes of umbel-like ultimate elements, 6–10 cm. wide, the individual elements many-flowered, 1–1.5 cm. wide; peduncles 4–8 cm. long; pedicels very slender, (2)(4–)6–7 mm. long (long in East African specimen) glabrescent to densely pubescent; all axes puberulous; bracts triangular, ± 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx round, 1.3 mm. wide, entire, glabrous to densely pubescent.
Morphology General Buds
Buds conical, 1.5 mm. long, glabrous or micropuberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals rose or greenish or ± colourless.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style ± 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit black, pyriform or subglobose, 4–5 mm. diameter, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed globose, 4.5 mm. long, 4 mm. wide, 3.5 mm. thick; basal projection triangular, thick, the median keel marked and sinuous, laterals bifurcate or branched with several radials; surface smooth.
Habitat
Rocky hollow with grassland and thicket of Terminalia, Ficus, Tamarindus, Tricalysia and Harrisonia; 1200 m.
Distribution
U1 Sierra Leone to Cameroon, Zaire, Central African Republic and Sudan

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A half-woody climber with subterete brown-pubescent branches later glabrescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers small, numerous, in ample panicles
Ecology
In forest vegetation.

Native to:

Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Zaïre

Cissus polyantha Gilg & M.Brandt appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dinklage, M. [1671], Liberia K000322795 lectotype

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 46: 441, 467 (1912)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
  • Verdcourt, B. (1993). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Vitaceae: 1-149.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • in Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 46: 467 (1912).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Descoings in Fl. Cameroun 13: 104, t. 36 (1972).
  • Dewit in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 9: 535 (1960).
  • Gilg & Brandt in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 46: 467 (1912).
  • Keay in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 678 (1958).

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