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Tetrastigma leucostaphylum
(Dennst.) Alston ex Mabb., Vitaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  no

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Evaluate, score: 2 (Go to the risk assessment)

Other Latin names:  Cissus lanceolaria Roxb.; Cissus leucostaphyla Dennst.; Tetrastigma lanceolarium Planch.

Habit:  vine

Description:  "Whole plant except the inflorescence glabrous; stems sometimes boldly tuberculate.  Leaves usually 3-foliolate, sometimes pedately 5-foliolate; common petiole 2 to 5 inches long; leaflets softly coriaceous, oblong to elliptic-oblong, tapering to each end, sometimes obovate-oblong, always shortly caudate-acuminate and the edges with remote shallow teeth; main nerves 6 to 10 pairs, spreading, slightly winged on the lower surface; length 4.5 to 6 inches, breath 1.75 to 2.75 inches, petiolules .4 to .75 inches.  Cymes axillary, puberulous, spreading, about 1.5 inches across, on peduncles shorter than themselves.  Tendrils rather short, forked.  Flowers 4-merous, the stigma 4-lobed.  Fruit globose-ovoid, as large as a cherry, white when ripe, pulpy, 1- or 2-seeded; the seeds compressed, concave on one surface, rugulose.  (King, 1896; p. 395).

Habitat/ecology:  (no habitat/ecology info known by PIER)

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Southern and southeastern Asia (GRIN).


Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Malaysia (country of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Singapore (Republic of) extinct
Chong, Kwek Yan/Tan, Hugh T. W./Corlett, Richard T. (2009) (p. 86)

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This page was created on 1 JUN 2011 and was last updated on 1 AUG 2011.