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Cissus quinquangularis

Description: Cissus quinquangularis (Five-ribbed Cissus) is a pretty succulent climbing plant with slender stems, 2 to several metres long, that is a part of the grape family. It is similar to Cissus quadrangularis and Cissus cactiformis, but stems 5-angled and sometime consider conspecific with the latter. Stems: Slender, fleshy, cactus shaped, 2,5-4 mm wide, grey-green, 5-angled, the angles Along each angle is a leathery edge grey to brown or purplish, horny, sharp. Older stems to 1,2 cm wide, more obtusely angled, glabrous.  Leaves: Green, toothed simple or trilobed about 2 to 5 cm wide that appear at the nodes. Each leaf has a tendril emerging from the opposite side of the node.Spines: Rare and sharp along the edges, almost triangular.  Fruits (berries): Spherical red when ripe. Cissus quinquangularis is of the Vitaceae family

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