Derivation of specific name
Widespread in the drier parts of Africa, Arabia and Indo-Malesia
State - Kerala, District/s: All Districts"
Distribution in Egypt
Southeast Egypt, tropical Africa, Arabia, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Philippines.
In umbellate cymes, leaf oppossed; greenish-yellow, red tipped. Flowering throughout the year.
A globose berry, apiculate; green turning red when ripe; seed smooth. Fruiting throughout the year.
Stem 4-angular, winged, contracted at nodes. Leaves early caducous.
Ovate-suborbicular to reniform
Insects whose larvae eat this plant species
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Cissus quadrangularis
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Cissus quadrangularis
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 7
Species With Barcodes: 1
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
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Cissus quadrangularis is a perennial plant of the grape family. It is also commonly known as Veldt Grape, Devil's Backbone, Asthisamharaka and Hadjod.
Cissus quadrangularis reaches a height of 1.5 m and has quadrangular-sectioned branches with internodes 8 to 10 cm long and 1.2 to 1.5 cm wide. Along each angle is a leathery edge. Toothed trilobe leaves 2 to 5 cm wide appear at the nodes. Each has a tendril emerging from the opposite side of the node. Racemes of small white, yellowish, or greenish flowers; globular berries are red when ripe.
Cissus quadrangularis has been used as a medicinal plant since antiquity. Cissus has been used in various Ayurvedic classical medicines to heal broken bones and injured ligaments and tendons. In siddha medicine it is considered a tonic and analgesic, and is believed to help heal broken bones, thus its name asthisamharaka (that which prevents the destruction of bones). The Garo tribe of Bangladesh have used C. quadrangularis as a medicinal plant for bone fracture.
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One preliminary clinical study found a benefit in weight reduction and an improvement in the symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome in obese patients when given C. quadrangularis supplements. Another study found a potential synergistic effect between C. quadrangularis and Irvingia gabonensis. A weight loss supplement containing Cissus quadrangularis and other ingredients including green tea, soy, selenium, chromium, and B vitamins was evaluated in an 8-week trial. The supplement helped reduce body weight by 4-8% ( placebo 2.4%) a clinically significant weight loss.
A paper published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in October 2010, on conflicts of interest in alternative weight loss product research, noted that at least three studies supported the safety and effectiveness of CQ for weight loss, but "lack financial disclosures or funding sources, beyond mentioning that the CQ being tested was provided by" General Health Alliances, an herbal products manufacturer. The studies did not disclose that one of its authors was a chief scientific officer for GHA that holds a patent on a CQ product.
C. quadrangularis has been studied in animal models of bone fracture.
- Cissus succulenta (Galpin) Burtt Davy
- Cissus tetragona Harv.
- Vitis quadrangularis (L.) Wall. ex Wight & Arn.
- Vitis succulenta Galpin
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- Oben, J.; Kuate, D.; Agbor, G.; Momo, C.; Talla, X. (2006). "The use of a Cissus quadrangularis formulation in the management of weight loss and metabolic syndrome". Lipids in Health and Disease 5: 24. doi:10.1186/1476-511X-5-24. PMC 1570348. PMID 16948861.
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- Potu, B. K.; Rao, M. S.; Nampurath, G. K.; Chamallamudi, M. R.; Prasad, K.; Nayak, S. R.; Dharmavarapu, P. K.; Kedage, V.; Bhat, K. M. R. (2009). "Evidence-based assessment of antiosteoporotic activity of petroleum-ether extract of Cissus quadrangularis Linn. On ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis". Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences 114 (3): 140–8. doi:10.1080/03009730902891784. PMC 2852762. PMID 19736603.
- "Effect of Cissus Quadrangularis in Accelerating Healing Process of Experimentally Fracture Radius-Ulna of Dog: A Preliminary Study". Indian Journal of Pharmacology 26: 44–45. 1994.
- Jainu, M.; Mohan, K. V.; Devi, C. S. S. (2006). "Protective effect of Cissus quadrangularis on neutrophil mediated tissue injury induced by aspirin in rats". Journal of Ethnopharmacology 104 (3): 302–5. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2005.08.076. PMID 16338111.
- Mallika Jainu and C.S. Shyamala Devi (2005). "In vitro and In vivo evaluation of free radical scavenging potential of Cissus quadrangularis". African Journal of Biomedical Research 8: 95–99.
- Wenling Li, Hao Li, Ying Li and Zijie Hou. "Total Synthesis of (±)-Quadrangularin A". Angewandte Chemie International Edition 45 (45): 7609–7611. doi:10.1002/anie.200603097.
- Sinónimos en Tropicos
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