Previous plant

Cissus aralioides

Next plant

Photo by Paul Latham.

Photo by Evelyn Durst from KEW Gardens.

Author: Jules Émile Planchon, 1887
Origin:  Angola, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Island, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaïre
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Minimum - Medium
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  8-25 Metres
Flower:  Greenish White - Cream
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Vitis aralioides, Baker, 1868.
Cissus aralioides subsp. orientalis, Verdc.

This member of the Vitaceae family was given this name by Jules Émile Planchon in 1887. It is found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Zaire and  Zambia, growing in a rather rich soil with some to lots of water and little to some sun. The caudex can grow to 20 centimetres or more, the vines can reach eight or even 25 metres. The flowers are greenish white to cream.

The generic name is derived from the Greek word κισσος kissos, meaning 'ivy'. The species name means 'looking like Aralia.