Cissus incisa Des Moulins

  • Family: Vitaceae (grapes)
  • Common name: possum grape
  • Synonym: Cissus trifoliata ?

    Woody or semiwoody vine to 10 m (30 ft) long with tuberous roots. Stems 4- or 6-ridged, with orange-red lenticels becoming warty. Leaves alternate, somewhat succulent, simple, trilobed, or trifoliate, to 8 cm (3.1 in) long. Leaflets ovate to obovate, coarsely and irregularly toothed, producing a disagreeable odor when crushed. Flowers small, greenish. Fruits black, 1-4 seeded, obovoid, 6-9 mm (0.2-0.3 in) long.

    Distribution: Florida to northern Mexico, north to Kansas.
    Habitat: Stream banks, rocky ravines, roadsides.
    NWI status: none
    Comment: Cissus is the old Greek name for ivy; incisa refers to the deeply lobed leaves.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/9/99
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