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bejuco loco, millionaire vine, possum grape, princess vine, seasonvine, waterwithe treebine

Habit Lianas, low to moderately high climbing, often scrambling over low vegetation.

usually hairy, sometimes glabrous or glabrate;

branchlets succulent to subsucculent when young, becoming woody; growing tips usually hairy;

tendrils 2-branched.



petiole shorter than blade;

blade oblong to ovate, 5–15 × 2–8 cm, unlobed, margins coarsely to finely serrate, surfaces usually hairy, sometimes glabrous.


greenish or yellowish green.


black, 6–10 mm diam. 2n = 48.

Cissus verticillata

Phenology Flowering and fruiting year-round.
Habitat Coastal hammocks, low ground.
Elevation 0–20 m. (0–100 ft.)
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FL; Mexico; Central America; South America; West Indies; Bermuda
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Cissus verticillata in the flora area is found in the southern two-thirds of peninsular Florida. The inflorescences of C. verticillata, and less often C. trifoliata, are sometimes greatly expanded and deformed by the smut Mycosyrnix cissi (de Candolle) Beck, with the individual flowers being transformed into subcylindric structures containing the spores of the fungus.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 12, p. 21.
Parent taxa Vitaceae > Cissus
Sibling taxa
C. trifoliata
Synonyms Viscum verticillatum, C. argentea, C. cordifolia, C. sicyoides
Name authority (Linnaeus) Nicolson & C. E. Jarvis: Taxon 33: 727. (1984)
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