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Sep 1, 2013 10:20 AM CST
|This is a fascinating climbing succulent to me and I'm experimenting with eating it!|
Cissus Quadrangularis has been used since ancient times and is one the most used medicinal plants in Thailand and throughout the Middle east and Asia. It is used, and has been used for centuries in India to promote muscle and bone development and healing. It is said to help torn tendons and broken bones heal up to 50% faster, and is also said to be hugely instrumental in battling obesity and weight loss. I should start eating it more! Ha! Its fast growing and a climbing succulent...
Sep 4, 2013 1:29 PM CST
|wow, cool plant. does it fruit?|
Sep 4, 2013 1:46 PM CST
Your quote message, "DON'T PANIC" brought a laugh to me and thats a good thing! Laughter heals the body and Soul....
Cissus Quadrangularis definitely doesn't!
Anyway, and back to the point;... Cissus does fruit with small red Holly-like berries yet I have only had mine do so once.
Thank you for asking and I'm looking forward to the next time they do bloom and fruit for me. I'll surely photograph the event!
Sep 4, 2013 2:43 PM CST
|O man I have shredded my tendons playing sports... I will look for this plant now! That and it just looks cool, thanks for the info!!|
Sep 4, 2013 2:54 PM CST
|I have this plant growing everywhere!! A small piece broken off will root in no time flat.....and it is a climber too.|
Some years ago it actually flowered for me.
Just looked it up, the benfits are not really that well documented and certainly somewhat iffy. I would not eat it.
Sep 4, 2013 3:43 PM CST
does it grow outside there in new jersey?
I am glad you got a good laugh out of it. It was coined by Douglas Adams
Sep 4, 2013 3:52 PM CST
|Now, it does not grow outside here in Winter. I bring my plants inside once the temperatures drop here in September/ October.|
You mean this was a joke?? By Mr 42??
Sep 4, 2013 4:02 PM CST
|Well! It is a cool plant that hasn't created any panic attacks yet or adverse effects like death yet for me! |
If I turn into "The incredible Hulk" or loose any weight in the next 6 months though; I'll share my personal in person lab-rat experimentations!
All said in good humor of course, and thanks for responding!
Sep 4, 2013 4:07 PM CST
|How many roads must a man walk down..... 42!|
ahem... anyway thats a shame i was thinking i might try one of these plants but if i cant leave it outside i doubt it.
Still though grow it right up on the chimney might do
Sep 4, 2013 6:00 PM CST
|just another fun Cissus pic. |
Cissus and Spank!
Sep 4, 2013 6:27 PM CST
|Now this is a really great pic! |
I think I made a mistake here, I have Cissus cactiformis, not quadrangularis. Now they look identical to me, what exactly is the difference between the two? Or are they the same?
Here are some older pictures of what I bought years ago as one single segment, and then it took off - you can see the results here:
It flowered only once for me, at the end of a warm and sunny Winter in the greenhouse.
Sep 4, 2013 6:51 PM CST
|@Ursula I hope you have put those pictures in the database.|
Sep 4, 2013 7:03 PM CST
|Ok. no problem, I can do that. But then it really has to be nailed down which one it is?|
Sep 5, 2013 4:40 AM CST
|Wow Ursula! I agree Hetty! Get that over to the database when you can. It really showcases the plant and I like the fruit and flower pic's a lot.|
Of course you will want other opinions, but judging from the leaf and bract shape and the flowers and berries developing I'd swear I believe it is qudrangularis.
Its hard to believe this plant is actually in the grape family,.....Its one of those plant classifying mysterys to me like the Euphorbias. Are they diverse?...
Happy Gardening and Good morning
Sep 5, 2013 7:24 AM CST
|Good morning David!|
I id some digging around here this morning:
According to this Kew entry cactiformis is a synonym for quadrangularis.
I should point out that those tiny round thingies are only the buds. I was watching it very carefully that time and then took pictures of the ridiculously tiny open blooms.
I would think I didn't have a pollinator around, I never got berries/fruits as the spent flowers simply dropped off.
Sep 6, 2013 4:53 AM CST
|Thanks for the heads up Ursula! When mine did have berries it only held 3 or 4 and that was only once and when I had it in my little greenhouse.|
Sep 6, 2013 9:11 PM CST
|Just seeing this thread, cool plant!! |
Sep 7, 2013 5:32 AM CST
|It really is|
Sep 7, 2013 6:02 AM CST
|I have it also... mine bloomed while in the greenhouse and then formed a few fruits/seed pods. I don't dine on it but think it is a cool plant. |
Also have Cissus rotundifolia and Cissus tuberosa. Great photos everyone has posted here...
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