Cissus repens

Cissus repens Lam.

Recent Synonyms: Vitis repens W. & Arn.

Status: Native; Critically endangered. Cultivated.

Growth Form or Habit: Woody climber.

Habit
National University of Singapore; Cultivated; 2010.

Leaf upper surface
National University of Singapore; Cultivated; 2010.

Leaf lower surface
National University of Singapore; Cultivated; 2010.

Tendrils
National University of Singapore; Cultivated; 2010.

Leaves: Lamina broad ovate, margin serrate, apex acuminate, base cordate, 3.5–8.5 cm by 2.5–8 cm, glabrous, chartaceous to coriaceous, petiole 5–8 cm long.

Stem: Stem glabrous, sometimes glaucous to corky with age, swollen and brittle at nodes, often rooting adventitiously, up to ca. 3 cm across, tendril simple, rarely branched in the form of reduced inflorescence, leaf-opposed, characteristic of all members of the family.

Flowers: In a umbellate cyme without tendril, leaf-opposed, peduncle ca. 0.8 cm long.

Fruits: Berry globose, ca. 5 mm by 6 mm, ripening black, with 1 seed per fruit; seed ca. 4 mm across.

Habitat: Lowland dipterocarp and swamp forests fringe.

Occurrence: Pulau Ubin, Orchard Boulevard.

Distribution: India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malesia.

References:

(1) Latiff, A. 1981. Studies in Malesian Vitaceae, 6. The Malay Peninsula species of Cissus L. Malayan Nature Journal 35: 197–207.

(2) Yeo, C.K. 2001. The Vitaceae and Leeaceae of Singapore. Honours Thesis, National University of Singapore. 96 pp.

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  1. Kimbamz said

    thank you.. good job.

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