Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cape Grape

The Grape Ape would probably eat the Cape Grape. 
A local gardener left me a plant sample that was new to me. It looked kind of like a grape, but it wasn't familiar. I Google'd grape and then Cissus, and with each added a few leaf shape terms that were descriptive of the sample's leaves, and was lucky enough to get a hit: Rhoicissus tomentosa (aka Rhoicissus capensis). A native of the cape area of South Africa, It's fruits are edible but its roots are said to be poisonous.

Cape grape (Rhoicissus tomentosa) sample brought in by a local gardener. 

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