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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Indian Subcontinent to S. China and W. Malesia.
Cissampelopsis corymbosa


Vanijajiva, O. & Kadereit, J.W. (2008). A revision of Cissampelopsis (Asteraceae: Senecioneae). Kew Bulletin 63: 213.

Distributed from India and Sri Lanka eastwards through the Himalaya, Myanmar, China, Vietnam and Thailand to Indonesia. Several species have a restricted distribution range and are critically endangered, e.g. Cissampelopsis ansteadii (Gopalan & Henry 2000). Almost all species of the genus are found climbing on shrubs or small trees on the edge of or in tropical wet or semi-evergreen montane forests. They preferably occur in habitats with high moisture such as along rivers. A few species, e.g. C. erythrochaeta, can also be found in mixed deciduous forests on bamboos.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial lianas, 3 – 5 m high or more, sometimes shrub-like when old
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple, alternate, petiolate, exauriculate, decreasing in size towards the apex and in the inflorescence; blade ovate to deltoid or most commonly cordate, minutely to coarsely dentate, apiculate to acuminate, palmately 3 – 7-veined from near the base, central vein with 1 – 2 pairs of ascending laterals, pale to dark green or purplish, herbaceous, coriaceous, papyraceous or membranous, almost glabrous to more or less densely arachnoid-tomentose particularly on lower surface or glandular
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers linear or linear-oblong; anther base distinctly tailed, tails ½ to 2 times as long as filament collar; collar subcylindrical or somewhat balusterform, hardly to slightly dilated towards the base; apical anther appendage usually oblong-lanceolate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc florets 8 – 20, hermaphrodite, white, pinkish or yellow, 5-lobed, lobes oblong-lanceolate, acute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Ray florets 0, 5, 6 or 8, female, yellow, 4 – 5-veined, oblong-linear, apex entire or 3-dentate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style branched, style arms truncate or convex, with short to rather long marginal papillae and with or without prominent central tuft of much longer papillae
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Cypselas narrowly oblong to cylindrical, ribbed, glabrous; carpopodium cylindrical to hemispherical, yellowish to whitish, slightly larger in diameter than the cypsela base; pappus of numerous capillary bristles, bristles barbellate, uniform, white, yellowish or reddish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence paniculate, usually exceeding the leaves, axes commonly glandular-pubescent, with 1 – 5 linear-subulate bracts
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula heterogamous, radiate; style arms penicillate without a central tuft of longer, more or less fused papillae. Capitula few to numerous in terminal and axillary panicles Capitula heterogamous and radiate or homogamous and discoid, pendunculate; involucres cylindrical or narrowly campanulate, calyculate, calycular bracts linear-subulate, pubescent to almost glabrous; phyllaries usually 8, rarely 5, 6, 10 or 13, free, herbaceous with broad to narrow scarious margins, almost glabrous, sparsely to densely arachnoid-tomentose or glandular; receptacle flat, glabrous, epaleate
Morphology Stem
Stems climbing dextrorsely with prehensile petioles, much-branched, becoming woody when old

Native to:

Assam, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Jawa, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam

Cissampelopsis Miq. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Fl. Ned. Ind. 2: 102 (1856)

Accepted by

  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


Kew Bulletin

  • Cacalia L. sect. Cissampelopsis DC. (1838: 331). Lectotype (selected by Pfeiffer 1873: 763): Cacalia? volubilis Blume = Cissampelopsis volubilis (Blume) Miq.
  • Senecio L. sect. Synotios Benth. & Hook. f. (1873: 448), nom. illegit.
  • Senecio L. sect. Synotis Benth. & Hook. f. ser. Scandentes (C. B. Clarke) H. Koyama (1969: 144).
  • Senecio L. subg. Synotis C. B. Clarke sect. Scandentes C. B. Clarke (1876: 177). Type: Senecio araneosus DC.

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