Cissus javana (PROSEA)

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Plant Resources of South-East Asia
List of species

Cissus javana DC.

Family: Vitaceae


  • Cissus discolor Blume,
  • Vitis discolor (Blume) Dalz.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: mirah (Java), beubeureuman (West Java), rabet dara (Madura)
  • Philippines: mangangaria (Marinduque)
  • Thailand: dattakua-thao (Bangkok), kham-daeng, lang-daeng (peninsular)
  • Vietnam: hồ dằng hai màu.


From India to southern China, including South-East Asia, wild and cultivated.


The sour leaves and young shoots are eaten mixed with other vegetables. Also planted as an ornamental. Medicinally the leaves are used against stomachache.


A twining shrub up to 15 m long, with bifid tendrils. Leaves distichous, petiolate, ovate to oblong to lanceolate with cordate or truncate base, 5.5-25 cm × 2.5-21 cm, above green with greyish-green blotches, beneath dark red, rarely green. In moderately shady localities up to 1200 m altitude.

Selected sources

7, 61, 66.