Cissus caillei A.Chev.
Cissus constricta (Baker) A.Chev.
Cissus oliviformis Planch.
Vitis aralioides Welw. ex Baker
Vitis constricta Baker
Cissus aralioides is a gracefully pendulous, climbing shrub producing stems that can be 25 metres long[
]. It sometimes grows as a perennial herbaceous climber with stems 2 - 2.5 metres long that are woody at the base[
]. The stems can be 62 - 75mm in diameter[
]. The plant grows into other plants for support, attaching itself by means of coiled tendrils[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, which is eaten locally. The plant has a graceful habit of growth and looks very ornamental when it fruit[
Tropical Africa - Senegal to southern Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, south to Angola, DR Congo and Mozambique.
Coastal and riverine evergreen forest; semi-deciduous forest; disturbed forest; coastal bushland; wet Acacia bushland; grassland; often in thicket on granite rocks and termite mounds; damp dense primitive woods, swampy forests; 15 - 1,600 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best with its roots in dappled to quite deep shade and its stems climbing up into the light[[
]. Prefers a rich soil[
Fruit - raw or cooked. The blue-purplish fruit is about as big as a good-sized olive[
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