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Tetrastigma affine (Gagnepain ex Osm.) Raizada & Saxena in Indian For. 92: 325. 1966. Vitis affine Gagnepain ex Osm., For. FI. Kumaon 119.1929.

Slender climbers; branches glabrous; tendrils bifurcate, 10-20 cm long. Leaves 5-foliolate, glabrous; petioles 2-6 cm long; stipules triangular, 3-5 mm long, scarious; terminal leaflets lanceolate, 5-10 x 1.5-2.2 cm, acuminate at apex, cuneate at base, crenate at margins, pale above with 7-8 pairs of lateral nerves; petiolules 5-10 mm long; lateral leaflets 2.5-6 x 1-2 cm, lowest pair obliquely ovate, margins and apex as in terminal leaflets; petiolules 2- 5 mm long. Inflorescences umbellate cymes, 4-9 cm long; peduncles 2-7 cm long. Flowers ca 2 mm long; pedicles 3-4 mm long, pubescent. Calyx obscure, truncate. Petals ca 2 x 1 mm, slightly hooded and with a dorsal spur at apex. Stamens ca 1.5 mm long. Berries globose, 5-10 mm across, 1-2-seeded. Seeds obovoid, ca 5 x 4 mm, deeply corrugate on sides; adaxial surface with a longitudinal raphe, abaxial surface with two parallel longitudinal ridges and a groove, chalaza raised, elongate.

Fl. & Fr. : May - Sept.

Distrib. India : Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.

Nepal and Bangladesh.

Notes. Momiyama (in H. Hara, & L.H. Williams, Enum. Fl. Pl. Nepal 2: 95. 1979), considers it conspecific with T. serruiatum (Roxb.) Planchon.

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