Cissus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Woody evergreen climbers; tendrils simple or 2-branched. Leaves alternate, simple or palmately compound, lateral leaflets smaller than terminal one, margins toothed or entire; stipules caducous. Inflorescences umbellate panicles, leaf-opposed or placed next to leaves, usually long-pedunculate. Flowers usually bisexual; calyx shortly 4-toothed; petals 4, free, hooded at apex; stamens 4, anthers free; disc cupular, 4-lobed; ovary 2-celled, adnate to disc, ovules 2 per cell, stigma sessile, small. Berry usually 1-seeded, rarely 2–4-seeded.

About 350 species, distribution as for family; 14 species in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Vitaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Vitales
family Vitaceae
Higher taxa
genus Cissus
Subordinate taxa