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  Ampelocissus polystachya (Wall.) Planch.
  Family Name : Vitaceae

  Common Names : Akar Cabang Tujuh

Akar Cabang Tujuh
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Climber, Vine & Liana
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :

      Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore

      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Foliage: Its spirally arranged, stalked leaves bear 3–5 leaflets. The stalked leaflets have leathery leaf blades with toothed margins. The terminal leaflet blade is oval and 1724 by 78.5 cm, while the lateral leaflet blade is asymmetrically oval and 1315 by 5.56.5 cm.

      Its branched, stalked flowering clusters are up to 30 cm long, with spikes up to 11 cm long.


      Its purple fruits are round to oblong berries.

      Habitat :

      It grows in the understorey of lowland dipterocarp forests. It occurs locally along Chestnut Avenue, in the vicinities of MacRitchie Reservoir and the Upper Pierce Reservoirs.

      Associated Fauna :
      Its flowers are pollinated by bees, and its fruits and seeds may be eaten and dispersed by birds.
      Cultivation :
      The plant can be propagated from cuttings.
      Etymology :

      Greek ampelos, vine; Greek kissos, ivy, referring to its resemblance to the genus Cissus; Greek polys, many; Greek stachys, spike, probably alluding to the flowering branch

      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      [Others]: A poultice made from the roots is used to treat rheumatism and lumbago.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
  • References
    • Latiff, A. . 1982. Studies in Malesian Vitaceae, 4. The genera Ampelocissus, Ampelopsis and Parthenocissus in the Malay Peninsula.. Federation Museums Journal. 27. 75-77
      Yeo, C.K. . 2001. The Vitaceae and Leeaceae of Singapore. Honours Thesis, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. 96pp
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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