Ajuntament de Barcelona

Cyphostemma juttae

Mossèn Costa i Llobera Garden

    English name: 
    Namibian grape
    Observations: 

    According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the conservation status of this plant is least concern.

    Species characteristics
    Family: 
    Vitaceae
    Origin: 
    Namibia
    Habitat: 
    Deserts and arid areas
    Characteristics: 

    Deciduous plant up to 2 m tall, with a big and fleshy peeling stem.

    The big (10-25 cm long and 5-13 cm wide) fleshy leaves are simple (composed of up to three leaflets) and oval-oblong-shaped, with jagged margins. The upper side is glabrous (without hair) and the lower side nervation is hairy.

    The very tiny (2 mm) yellow flower are also glabrous, but with a very hairy pedicel on the base. They appear into tiny inflorescences.

    The fruits, 1 cm long, are red and very bright and colourful.

    Flowering time: 
    Summer
    Fruiting time: 
    Late summer-autumn
    Uses and properties: 

    Very resilient to drough but cannot tolerate low temperatures.

    It is used in gardening as a decoration plant both in gardens and pots.

    History and curiosities: 

    The genus name Cyphostemma comes from the Greek words κυφός, “convex”, and στέμμα, “crown, garland”.

    Rarely seen in Barcelona.