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Ampelocissus latifolia.jpg
Ampelocissus latifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Vitales
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Ampelocissus
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Botria Lour.[2]

Ampelocissus (suan lian teng shu in Chinese[1]) is a genus of Vitaceae having 90 or more species found variously in tropical Africa, Asia, Central America, and Oceania.[3] The type species, A. latifolia, was originally treated under its basionym, Vitis latifolia, and was collected from the Indian subcontinent.[1][4][5]

Species of Ampelocissus are herbaceous or woody, hermaphroditic or polygamo-dioecious flowering plants with tendrils for climbing. Fruits are grape-like berries having 1-4 seeds. Their diploid chromosomal number is 40 (2n=40).[3]

Selected species[edit]

With the exception of A. asekii,[6] the following list is based according to The Plant List (as of July 2015), although not all species with full confidence:[7]


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  2. ^ "Name - !Ampelocissus Planch. synonyms". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
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  4. ^ Chen, I; Manchester, S.R. (September 2007). "Seed morphology of modern and fossil Ampelocissus (Vitaceae) and implications for phytogeography". American Journal of Botany. 94 (9): 1534–1553. PMID 21636520. doi:10.3732/ajb.94.9.1534. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ GRIN (August 22, 2006). "Ampelocissus latifolia information from ARS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  6. ^ This article incorporates text from a scholarly publication published under a copyright license that allows anyone to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the materials in any form for any purpose: Wen, J.; Кiapranis, R.; Lovave, M. (2013). "Ampelocissus asekii J. Wen, R. Kiapranis & M. Lovave, a new species of Vitaceae from Papua New Guinea". PhytoKeys. 21: 1. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.21.4512.  Please check the source for the exact licensing terms.
  7. ^ "Search for "Ampelocissus"", The Plant List, retrieved 9 July 2015