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Photo by Thomas Müller.

Photo by Ferdinand Poilodan.

Author: Kaj Børge Vollesen, 1984
Origin:  Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  12 Centimetres
Height:  60-100 Centimetres
Flower:  Greenish
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Cissus betiformis, Emilio Chiovenda, 1932.
Cissus migiurtinorum,
Cyphostemma migiurtinorum,
Same as Cissus betaeformis, Emilio Chiovenda, 1816?.

This member of the Vitaceae family was given this name by Kaj Børge Vollesen in 1984. It is found in Kenya and Somalia, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The stem can grow up to twelve centimetres in diameter and reach a height of 60 to 100 centimetres. The flowers are greenish. 

The genera name from the Greek kyphos; 'tumor' or ,'hump' and stemma; 'garland' or 'crown'. The species name from Latin beta; 'beetrot' and -formis; 'formed'.

Photo by Ferdinand Poilodan.