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Tetrastigma angustifolium (Roxb.) Planchon in DC., Monogr. Phan. 5: 439. 1887. Cissus angustifolia Roxb., Fl. Ind. 1: 427. 1820. Vitis angustifolia (Roxb.) Wight, lc. Pl. Ind. Orient. 1: 9. t. 176. 1839; M. Lawson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 654. 1875. Tetrastigma thomsonianum Planehon ex Balakr., Fl. Jowai 1: 137. 1981. nom illegit.

Slender climbers; branches terete, striate, glabrous; tendrils slender, simple. Leaves 3-foliolate, glabrous; petioles 1.5-3.5 cm long; terminal leaflets elliptic-lanceolate, 5-12 x 2-4 cm, acuminate at apex, acute at base, serrate at margins; petiolules ca 7 mm long; lateral leaflets oblique at base, 4-8 x 1.5-3 cm, otherwise as in terminal leaflets; petiolules ca 5 mm long. Inflorescences dense, cymose, 2-3 cm long, pubescent; peduncles 1-2 cm long, pubescent. Flowers ca 1.5 mm long, yellowish green; pedicels 1-1.5 mm long, pubescent. Calyx subtruncate. Petals oblong, hooded, ca 1.5 x 0.7 mm, pubescent. Ovary ca 1 x 0.5 mm, pubescent; stigma sessile. Berries globose, ca 6 mm across, 2-4 -seeded. Seeds pyriform, ca 5.5 x 4 mm; abaxial surface convex with a linear-spathulate chalazal knot.

Fl. & Fr. : Oct. - Jan.

Distrib. India: West Bengal, Assam Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

Bangladesh, China (Hongkong) and Indonesia (Sumatra).

Notes. The tender shoots and leaves are cooked with fish and eaten.

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