Veldt Grape

Cissus quadrangularis (?)

Climbing member of grape family, Cissus ca. quadragularis, photo © by Michael Plagens

In a pasture area adjacent to Lake Bogoria, Kenya. October 2010. This plant photo was misidentified until Daryl of Impact Sciences provided the correct identification.

The stems of this vine are smooth and green with several conspicuous wings running parallel along the length of the internodes. Small flowers occur in intricate racemes. The stems appear four-sided in cross-section. Small three-lobed leaves may be present at the nodes, but these can be shed if drought conditions persist. It is possible that this species is introduced to Africa from India or Sri Lanka.

Vitaceae -- Grape Family

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Cissus sp. prob. quadrangularis from near Lake Bogoria © by Michael Plagens

Kenya Natural History

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