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Found this plant at Heidelburg Botanical Garden.


The flowers by  Andrew Iloh, Africanplants.senckenberg.de.

Author:  Christian F.F. Hoschstter, 1844
Family:  MENISPERMACEAE
Origin:  Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  15 Centimetres
Height:  5 Metres
Flower:  Greenish Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/?
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Menispermaceae family was described by Christian Ferdinand Friedrich Hoschstter in 1844. It is found in Uganda,  Sierra Leone to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, south to Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It preferring a well drained soil with some to lots of both water and sun. It is found in bush- and savannah areas. The vines reach five metres, the caudex 15 centimetres and the clusters of flowers are greenish yellow.

The genera name from Greek; chasma; 'cleft' and Latin anthera; 'anther'. The species name from Latin meaning 'suspended' or 'hanging down' for the growth form.

A dioecious species, both male and female forms are needed to be grown, if fruit and seed are required.


The caudex by J. Kwinston.