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Cissus heyneana Planchon in DC., Monogr. Phan. 5: 476. 1887. Vitis heyneana Wallich ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. 125. 1834; nom illegit. (non Roemer & Schultes, 1819); M. Lawson in.Fl. Brit. India 1: 647. 1875. Cissus thwaitesii Planchon in DC., Monogr. Phan. 5: 502. 1887.

Climbing shrubs; branches terete, fleshy, pale, glabrous, glaucous; tendrils stout, simple. Leaves ovate-cordate, distantly crenate-serrate at margins, 4.5-14 x 3-10 cm, acute at apex, leathery, glabrous, pale when dry; petioles 2.5 - 7 cm long. Inflorescences umbellate cymes, ca 2 cm long, bracteolate; peduncles ca 1 cm long. Flowers ca 2.5 mm long, glabrous; pedicels ca 3 mm long. Calyx cupular, obscurely 4-lobed. Petals oblong-ovate ca 2 mm long, acute, hooded. Stamens ca 1 mm long. Disc 4-lobed, covering ovary. Ovary ca 1 -mm across; style stout; stigma minute. Berries pyriform when dry, ca 7 mm across, 1-seeded; fruiting pedicels clavate. Seeds obovoid, ca 7 x 4.5 mm, smooth except for the longitudinally encircling ridged raphe.

Fl. & Fr. : May - Oct.

Distrib. India: Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Sri Lanka.

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