Creeping Treebine
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Creeping Treebine
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Creeping Treebine • Mizo: Hrui-pawl
Botanical name: Cissus repens    Family: Vitaceae (Grape family)
Synonyms: Cissus cordata, Cissus glauca, Vitis repens

Creeping Treebine is a herbaceous vine with branchlets round, with longitudinal ridges, usually glaucous, hairless; tendrils bifurcate. Leaves are simple; stipules brownish, oblong, 5-6 × 2-3 mm, membranous, hairless; leaf-stalk 2.5-7 cm, hairless. Leaves are heart-shaped-oval, 5-13 × 4-9 cm, hairless, basal veins 3-5, lateral veins 3 or 4 pairs, veinlets inprominent, base heart-shaped, margin with 9-12 sharp teeth on each side, tip pointed or tapering. Flowers are borne in umbels at branch-ends or leaf-opposed, carried on flower-cluster-stalk 1-3 cm, hairless. Flower-stalks are 2-4 mm, nearly hairless. Buds are oval, about 4 mm, tip blunt. Calyx entire or wavy. Petals are triangular-ovate, about 3 mm, hairless. Anthers ovoid-elliptic. Lower part of ovary adnate to disk; style conical; stigma slightly expanded. Berry is 0.8-1.2 cm × 4-8 mm, 1-seeded. Seed surface smooth, with sparse ribs. Creeping Treebine is found at altitudes of 100-1800 m, in Bhutan, Cambodia, South India, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam; Australia. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Teekoyi, Kerala.

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