Ajuntament de Barcelona

Cyphostemma juttae

Mossèn Costa i Llobera Garden

    English name: 
    Namibian grape

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

    Species characteristics
    Deserts and arid areas

    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: 
    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.