Cissus penninervis (Vitaceae)

Cissus penninervis

That this vine is a member of the grape family may not be instantly apparent. For one thing, it does not seem to produce tendrils very abundantly (I actually had to look a bit hard before I found tendrils), and the leaves don’t have teeth like many other grape vines. This species is found in rainforest and has a very distinctive compound palmate-digitate leaf which is very glossy on the uppersurface. I found them to be very abundant on the rainforest road edges at Paluma.

Cissus penninervis


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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