Taxon: Cissampelos pareira L.

Genus: Cissampelos
Family: Menispermaceae
Nomen number: 10605
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:1031. 1753
Name Verified on: 23-Oct-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Oct-1995
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: source of cissampeline (fide Import Medicinal Pl; Pl Res SEAs 12(1):205. 1999; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, - Guerrero, - Veracruz
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil - Parana, - Rio Grande do Sul, - Santa Catarina
    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Cuba; Dominica; Puerto Rico
    • Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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Check other web resources for Cissampelos pareira L. :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • Flora del Conosur: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Conosur
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.