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Cissus nodosa Blume

Family Name: Vitaceae
Synonyms: Vitis nodosa
Common Name: Grape Ivy, Javanese Treebine
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Bird-Attracting Native to Singapore Ornamental Foliage Climber, Vine and Liana


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Shrubby
Maximum Height 20 m


Native Distribution Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, India
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Others - Plant Morphology Fast-growing, vigorous vine from grape family suitable for covering trellises and overhead landscape structures. Attractive glossy leaves. Notable for producing reddish tendrils that hang down from plant like a curtain. Species epithet 'nodosa' means having obvious nodes, perhaps a reference to the tendrils arising from stem nodes.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Fertile Loamy Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses General, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall
Thematic Landscaping Naturalistic Garden
Species record last updated on: 19 August 2021.