Cyphostemma buchananii (Planch.) Desc. ex Wild & R.B. Drumm.

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Cyphostemma buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls

Cyphostemma buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls

Cyphostemma buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls

Cyphostemma buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls

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Synonyms: Cissus buchananii Planch.
Common names: Wild grape (English)
Status: Native
Climbing herb. Tendrils present. Stems covered in short pubescence and long glandular hairs. Leaves 3-5-foliolate, petiolate; leaflets elliptic-obovate, sparsely hairy above, often densely hairy below; margin sharply serrate. Inflorescences axillary on short side branches, pubescent; petals reddish. Fruit ellipsoid, pubescent and glandular, red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa.
Habitat: In woodland and along forest edges.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, DRC, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga, Northern Province, South Africa.
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s): Climber.
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 83.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 111.

Wild, H, Drummond, R.B. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 50. Vitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 45 - 46.

Wild, H. & Drummond, R.B. (1966). Vitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 475 - 481. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 100.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Cyphostemma buchananii., retrieved 25 May 2024

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