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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Somalia to SE. Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A succulent climbing plant 2–several m. long; root-tubers absent; all but oldest stems slender, 2.5–4 mm. wide in dry state, 5-angled, the angles brown or ± purple, horny, sharp; older stems to 1.2 cm. wide, more obtusely angled, glabrous; nodes slightly constricted; internodes 2.5–6 cm. long, 0.4–1.3 cm. wide; tendrils simple.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ± persistent, fleshy and snapping easily when folded, elliptic to distinctly ovate-triangular, 2–9 cm. long, 1–6 cm. wide, rounded to acute at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, not lobed but ± coarsely dentate, glabrous, sometimes ± tuberculate (? abnormal); petiole 0.5–1.4(–4) cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences with peduncles and secondary axes 1–2.5 cm. long; pedicels 4–8 mm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 2.2 mm. wide, entire or ± 4-angled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla-bud ovoid, 2.5 mm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits ± elongate when young, later ± globose, ± 8 mm. in diameter, ± rugose-tuberculate when fresh, less obvious when dry.
Habitat
Trachylobium, Cynometra, Combretum schumannii, Tamarindus forest, Brachystegia spiciformis woodland, grassland with scattered trees (habitats moist for entire year); mostly in soil pockets on limestone outcrops; 0–300 m.
Distribution
K7

[FSOM]

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

Type
S2, between “Merca” and “Genale”, Guidotti s.n. (FT syn.), S3, “Alessandra”, Tozzi 404 (FT syn., K isosyn.)
Morphology General Habit
Succulent climber to several m long
Morphology Stem
Stems 5-angled, up to 1.2 cm wide, with reddish or brownish edges, glabrous; internodes 2.5–6 cm long
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ± persistent, fleshy, glabrous; petiole 2–20(–40) mm long; blade elliptic to ovate-triangular, 1–9 x 0.7–6 cm, cuneate to rounded at the base, rounded to acute at the apex, dentate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in 1–2.5 cm long inflorescences; peduncle c. 1 cm long; pedicels 2.5–8 mm long, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 1–1.5 mm long, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals c. 2.5 mm long, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits ± globose, c. 8 mm in diam., ± rugose-tuberculate when fresh.
Distribution
S1–3; E Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range 30–470 m.

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia

Cissus quinquangularis Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bally, P.R.O. [5789] 16449.000
Bally, P.R.O., Kenya 36143.000
Zoyi, R. [404], Somalia K000322806

First published in Fl. Somala 2: 142 (1932)

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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Chiov. in Fl. Somala 2: 142 (1932).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 511 (1958).

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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/
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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