Cissus rotundifolia

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Cissus rotundifolia Vahl
  • Synonyms : Vitis crassifolia Baker
  • Common Name : Peruvian Grape Ivy, Venezuelan Treebine, Succulent Grape
  • Plant Family : Vitaceae
  • Ampelidaceae is the another name sometimes found in the older literature and is treated as the synonym of Vitaceae. However, Vitaceae is the conserved name.

  • Plant Form : Succulents
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Cissus rotundifolia Plant :

  • Habit : A perennial shrub vine.
  • Stem : The stems of the cissus rotundifolia are green.
  • Leaves :
    • Alternate, simple, fleshy, waxy, toothed and of a deep green color.
    • They are about 6-8 cm in diameter and are slightly heart shaped at the base.
    • The tendrils appear opposite of the young foliage.
  • Flowers : The small flowers can be either whitish or greenish.
  • Significance :
    • The cissus rotundifolia can be used for food purposes.
    • The tiny berries (which are either obovoid or ellipsoid in shape) of the plant are edible, and are about half an inch in length, with a color that can be purple or red.
    • Also, the foliage of the cissus rotundifolia can be cooked and consumed as a vegetable.