Rhoicissus rhomboids (syn. Cissus rhombifolia)

Plants of the Vitaceae family are rarely grown indoors. Those belonging to the genus Parthenocissus and Ampelopsis, for example, are definitely plants for outdoors. R. rhomboides is native to Central and South America. It has a climbing stem with tendrils. However, these do not have adhesive pads as, for example, those of Parthenocissus. The leaves are alternate, trifoliate and long-stalked. The leaflets are rhomboid, the central one larger than the two side leaflets, which are asymmetrical. The margin is dentate with a distinct vein extending from each tooth. The small, inconspicuous greenish flowers are arranged in umbels. The fruit is a one- to four-seeded berry. The plant’s most decorative feature are the leaves.

If grown indoors, it does best in a light to partially shaded position. Water liberally and feed once a week with organic or inorganic fertilizers. It requires warm conditions throughout the year. Repot into nourishing compost every year. The plant should be propagated by stem cuttings (neither woody nor too soft) taken in summer.

Cissus striata

This evergreen liana , native to Chile and southern Brazil, has hairy stems with branched tendrils and five-lobed leaves. The individual leaflets are leathery, wedge-shaped at the base and toothed on the margin.

It does best in rather cool conditions up to 18°C (64° F). Other requirements are the same as for Rhoicissus rhomboides .

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