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Genus: Cissus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core eudicots > Family: Vitaceae

About 200 species, found mainly in tropical and subtropical regions, with 16 species occurring in southern Africa. An additional three species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Cissus bathyrakodes

Recorded from Mozambique.

Cissus cactiformis


Cissus cornifolia

Cissus cucumerifolia

Recorded from Mozambique.

Cissus cussonioides


Cissus diversilobata


Cissus fragilis


Cissus grisea

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Cissus integrifolia

Cissus nymphaeifolia


Cissus petiolata

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Cissus producta

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Cissus quadrangularis

Cissus rotundifolia

Cissus trothae

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Cissus welwitschii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cissus antarctica (Kangaroo vine)

Native to eastern Australia.


Cissus discolor

Native to Indomalesia.


Cissus sicyoides

Native to Indomalesia.


Herbivores in southern Africa


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