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Photo by Evelyn Durst from KEW Gardens.

Author: Bernard M. Descoings, 1967
Family:  VITACEAE
Origin:  Kenya (Cyphostemma cyphopetalum: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Za´re)
Soil:  Rich - Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  4 Metres
Flower:  Creamy-Green
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Cyphostemma cyphopetalum, Desc. ex Wild & R.B.Drumm. =
Cissus egregia,
Gilg
Cissus erythrochlora,
Gilg
Cissus gallaensis,
Gilg & M.Brandt.
Cissus javellensis,
Lanza.
Cissus kaessneri,
Gilg & M.Brandt.
Cissus karaguensis,
Gilg.
Cissus macrothyrsa,
Gilg.
Cissus neghelliensis,
Lanza.
Cissus nieriensis.
T.C.E.Fr.
Cissus pachyrrhachis,
Gilg & M.Brandt.
Cissus pseudonivea,
Gilg & M.Brandt.
Cissus tenuipes.
Gilg & R.E.Fr.
Cyphostemma egregium,
Desc.
Cyphostemma gallaense,
Desc.
Cyphostemma kaessneri
, Desc. ex Wild & R.B.Drumm.
Cyphostemma macrothyrsum,
Desc.
Cyphostemma nieriense,
Desc.
Cyphostemma pachyrrhachis,
Desc.
Cyphostemma pseudoniveum,
Desc.
Cyphostemma tenuipes,
Desc.

This member of the Vitaceae family was given this name by Bernard M. Descoings in 1967. It is found in Kenya, growing along rivers in a rather rich soil with some to plenty of water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 25 centimetres or more in diameter, the vines can reach four metres or more. The flowers are creamy green.

The genera name from the Greek kyphos; 'tumor' or 'hump' and stemma; 'garland' or 'crown'. The species name means it is from Neiri - now Nyeri.