Cissus esaso Gilg
Cissus polycymosa De Wild.
Cissus purpurascens A.Chev.
Vitis producta (Afzel.) Baker
Cissus producta is a climbing plant producing annual stems from 2 - 20 metres long from a perennial, tuberous rootstock. The stems scramble over the ground, climbing into the surrounding vegetation and supporting themselves by means of tendrils.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and insect repellent.
Tropical Africa - Senegal to Uganda and Tanzania, south to Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Evergreen forest; rain-forest; gallery forest in valleys; lake-shore forest; rocky places near waterfalls; humid and swampy forest; secondary forest and regrowths; periodically flooded gallery forest; at elevations up to 1,400 metres[
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Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. An acid flavour, somewhat like sorrel (Rumex spp.)[
The cut stems exude a considerable amount of potable water[
The ripe fruits are rubbed on the forehead or are crushed and tied around the forehead to treat headache[
The plant (part not specified) is considered a cure for gonorrhoea[
An emulsion of the roots is used to protect cows from bites of tsetse flies. The emulsion is applied by rubbing on the skin or by internal dosing[
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