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Cissus discolor
Blume, Vitaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Evaluate, score: 1 (Go to the risk assessment)

Other Latin names:  Cissus javana DC.; Vitis discolor (Bl.) Dalz.

Common name(s): [more details]

Chinese: qing zi ge

English: climbing begonia, rex begonia vine, trailing begonia

Habit:  vine

Description:  "Leaves ovate-oblong-lanceolate, from a cordate or (highest leaves) truncate base, acuminate, dark green on the upper surface, usually with a double longitudinal row of greyish green blotches, dark red beneath, on the nerves often with  a few white malpighiaceous hairs, 5 1/2-25 cm by 2 1/2-21 1/2 cm; petiole red, 1-3 cm; stipules long-persistent.  Inflorescences often secund, borne on 1/2-1 1/2 cm peduncle, or subsessile and then short and dense, glabrous or subglabrous like the rest of the plant; main branches 4-5; pedicels red; calyx entirely or partly red; petals green, often with a red top, 2-2 1/2 mm long, glabrous; berry globose, blackish red.  Calyx unequal-sided, at the base unilaterally gibbous.  Tendrils 2-fid.  Ovary glabrous.  Stem 5-6-angular, red at the top" (Backer & Bakhuizen van den Brink, 1965; pp. 90-91).

Description from the Flora of China online.

Habitat/ecology:  Forests, brushwood (Backer & Bakhuizen van den Brink, 1965; pp. 90-91).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  China, south and southeast Asia, Malesia (GRIN).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Tahiti Island introduced
cultivated
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Voucher cited: J. Florence 6638 (PAP)
Cultivée
Philippines
Philippine Islands
Philippine Islands   Merrill, Elmer D. (1923) (p. 6)
In forests, altitude 700 to 1,500 m.
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Malaysia
Malaysia
Malaysia (country of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)


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This page was created on 10 FEB 2005 and was last updated on 12 MAR 2013.