Cissus tuberosus
Cissus tuberosus
Caudiciform plants - that is, those plants which form a succulent tuber from which they grow - are very sought after (and hence expensive) in cultivation. In habitat the tubers would usually be subterranean, but it is normal in cultivation to plant them with the tuber above the level of the compost. There are two main reasons for this, firstly so that it can be seen as it is the main feature of the plant (indeed many of these plants lack much to see by way of leaves and flowers) and secondly to keep it dry and help to protect it from rot. Generally speaking caudiciforms are very susceptible to rot and they do require the care of an experienced grower for them to thrive.

The various Cissus species (members of the Grapevine family - the Vitaceae) have a wide distribution from Africa, Arabia and some from Malaysia, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands.

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