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Cyphostemma bainesii (Hook.f) Desc.

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Cyphostemma bainesii

Image 1
07 May 2005

Cyphostemma bainesii

Image 2
13 Dec 2008

Cyphostemma bainesii

Image 3
13 Dec 2008

Cyphostemma bainesii

Image 4
18 Dec 2006

Cyphostemma bainesii

Image 5
18 Dec 2006

Cyphostemma bainesii

Image 6
Habit with green leaves
01 Mar 2009

Family: Vitaceae
Full name: Cyphostemma bainesii (Hook.f) Desc.
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Meisieboud, Nooiensbeen, Baines kobas, Botterboom
English common name(s): Baines' gouty-vine, Gouty-vine, Baines' cyphostemma, Baines' kobas, Butterwood tree, African tree grape
Synonym(s): Cissus bainesii Hook.f.
Cissus seitziana Gilg & M.Brandt
Cyphostemma seitzianum (Gilg & M.Brandt) Desc.
Status: Endemic
Description: Deciduous dwarf tree, with a very swollen stem. BARK smooth, yellowish-orange; peeling in cream-coloured, thin, papery strips. LEAVES succulent, trifoliolate, alternate; petiole up to 20 mm long, thick, succulent; leaflets ovate to oblong, up to 270 x 110 mm; bright green to bluish green, often with red margin; margin toothed, apex pointed, base tapering. FLOWERS small, yellowish-green. FRUIT in clusters of red, grape-like berries. Flowers and fruit are conspicuous. (from Tree Atlas of Namibia)

Perennial, thickly fleshy, globose stem succulent. Stem up to 1 m in diameter, sometimes cubical to cone shaped with light yellow, papery bark. Petiole not winged, up to 20 mm long. Leaflets 3, densely covered with white or reddish to light rust-coloured felty hairs when mature, later covered with thin spider webby hairs or glabrate; middle leaflet narrower at base, 100–200 x 35–80 mm, obovate-elongated, margins irregularly serrate-dentate; lateral leaflets only slightly shorter. Stipules sickle shaped, pointed, large and persistent. Inflorescence glandular. Flowers not glandular; flower buds often bottleneck-shaped, constricted in middle; petals 4, hoodshaped at apex, greenish, yellowish or whitish, bent backwards after flowering, dropping off very early or frail. Berries mostly red, one seeded, glabrous. (from Red Data Book of Namibian Plants)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
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