IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)

Cayratia pedata (Lam.) Gagnep., Notul. Syst. (Paris) 1: 346 1911. (Syn: Cayratia longzhouensis W.T.Wang; Cissus assimilis Kurz ex Laws.; Cissus canarensis (Dalz.) Planch.; Cissus cochinchinensis Spreng.; Cissus dioica Roxb. ex DC.; Cissus femineus Roxb.; Cissus foemina Steud.; Cissus heptaphylla Retz.; Cissus mucronata Hook. & Arn. ex Steud.; Cissus pedata Lam.Columella pedata Lour.; Pedastis indica Rafin.; Tetrastigma muricatum Gamble; Vitis assimilis Kurz; Vitis canarensis Dalz.; Vitis cochinchinensis Crevost & Lemarie; Vitis mucronata Wall. ex Steud.; Vitis muricata Wall.; Vitis pedata (Lam.) Wallich ex Wight);
Andaman Isl., India (Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya,
Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala), Bangladesh,
Malaysia, Java, Christmas Isl. (Austr.), Myanmar [Burma], China (Guangxi,
Yunnan), Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Philippines
as per Catalogue of Life;
¿ kay-ray-SHE-yuh ? — Latin: Cayratia, from the Annamese vernacular name, cay-rat, a vine … Flora Fauna Web
ped-AH-tuh — foot-like (usually bird’s foot) … Dave’s Botanary 

commonly known as: birdfoot grapevineAssamese: গাধাপদী gaadhaapadi, মেৰমেৰী লতা mermeree lataBengali: গোয়ালিয়া লতা goalia lataKannada: ಕಾಮಪಟಿಗೇಬಳ್ಳಿ kaamapatigeballi, ಸಣ್ಣ ಕಂದದಿ ಬೀಳು sanna kandadi beeluMalayalam: വെളുത്ത ചൊറിവള്ളി velutta sorivalliMarathi: घोरपडवेल ghorpadvelSanskrit: गोधापदी godhapadiTamil: காட்டுப்பிரண்டை kattu-p-pirantai, நரளை naralaiTelugu: ఏడాకుల మందుల మారి edakula mandula mari

… and more names … Assameseতুচামফোৰ-ডৌখা tusamphor-doukha (in Kachari dialect) • Malayalamഇന്ദ്രവള്ളി indravalliഒിയൻകുരുനന് odiyankurunuസോമവള്ളി somavalliഉഴിഞ്ഞ ulinna • Sanskritकीटमारी kitamariकीटनामन् kitanamanपदाङ्गी padangiताम्रपादी tamrapadiत्रिदला tridalaसुवहा suvaha • Teluguహంసపాది hamsapadiకాడెపు తీగ kadepu tigaకాణియం kaniyamకనియపు తీగ kaniyapu tigaనస గుమ్మడి nasa gummadiపులిమాడ pulimadaతీగ గుమ్మడి tiga gummadi 



09-04-11-PR -1 For ID-Chennai: I saw this creeper with pink berries growing in Chennai today.
Please help me id it.

Any Vitaceae member (Vitis sps.).

Cayratia or Tetrastigma species.

This is Cayratia pedata. In Tamil Nadu, it is very commonly distributed in the dry forests especially nearer to streamlets

Leaves pedately 7-foliate;
Fruit, a berry, sub-globose,
cream colored (not pink in my view).
Unable to comment on pubescence.
Feel this could be Cayratia pedata.

Yes. I agree with the identification of … I donot know I how  missed this plant in Chennai. A new plant to me.




Cayratia pedata Gagnep. ??? (Hooghly):

The book, “Plant Groups” mentions a few Vitaceae members and one of them is Vitis pedata Vahl. = Cayratia pedata Gagnep.
Recorded some photographs of a wild climber and searched the net for its ID. Was trying to obtain info for Cayratia pedata Gagnep. What i found –
  1. Cayratia pedata (Lam.) Gagnep. = Vitis pedata (Lam.) Wallich ex Wight (NOT V. pedata Vahl.) = The Plant List = http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-2706567
  2. Cayratia pedata (Lour.) Juss. = unresolved name = The Plant List = http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/tro-34000003
  3. Vitis pedata Vahl. ex Wall. = Cayratia pedata (Lam.) Juss. Ex Gagnep. = ZipcodeZoo = http://zipcodezoo.com/Plants/V/Vitis_pedata/
  4. Info on Cayratia pedata (Lour.) Juss. ex Gagnep. or Vitis pedata Vahl. ex Wall. = Book link
  5. Flora of China gives two similar species, C. pedata & C. menglaensis = http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=105965#KEY-1-3
  6. A pdf file is also available there
Previous posts in this group –
My search yields –
Species : Cayratia pedata Gagnep. ???
Habit & Habitat : wild climber, roadside, all parts hairy, except flowers and fruits
Date : 9/7/12 & 10/7/12
Place : Hooghly

As i said before in one of my earlier posts that I met Dr. … on the last Tuesday, … Sir gifted me copies of his book, “Excursion Flora of Simhachalam Hill”. This books offers an account of Cayratia pedata (Vahl.) Gagnep. Hc. I copy the following words from the book –
“Syn. Vitis pedata Vahl. A tomentose vine; Leaves 7-foliate, Flowers 4-merous, white, June-August….”
A herbarium of the same plant is available at – http://www.rprcbbsr.com/herbarium/herbarium/images/id/115
Description is also available – http://www.rprcbbsr.com/herbarium/species?id=115
Another group post – efi thread
I think this plant is likely to be Cayratia pedata (Vahl.) Gagnep. Hc.

‘I think this plant is likely to be Cayratia pedata (Vahl.) Gagnep. Hc.’
Yes …. Leaves 7 foliate and pedate. Plant pubescent.




Hooghly Today : Vitis pedata Vahl : Attachments (2).  1 post by 1 author.
I have an earlier upload, titled- Cayratia pedata Gagnep. ??? (Hooghly) 
This is the same plant. 
Bengal Plants has only one Vitis featuring 7 leaflets – Vitis pedata Vahl; F. B. I. i. 661; Cissus pedata F. I.. i. 413.
A search gives two Vitis pedataIPNI1
Don’t know what does it mean.
Rather easier for me –
  1. http://www.plantillustrations.org/species.php?id_species=214595
  2. http://www.europeana.eu/portal/search.html?query=title%3a%22Cissus+pedata%22&rows=12




Vitaceae for identification 281013MK01 :  Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Please help me in identifying this large climber of Vitaceae.
Fruits were about 1.5cm across and white in colour.
Location: KMTR, Tirunelveli dist., TN
Date: 11 Oct 2013
Alt.: 900 m asl
Habitat: rocky and semi-evergreen forest

identification : (mixed thread): Correct Attachments (2).  
please identify this. Specimen was collected from Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary, Iduki, Kerala. 

It is Cayratia pedata



ANSEPT15 Please identify this Vitaceae climber : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

Road to Abbey falls, Coorg
August 2014

This plant has been identified as Cayratia pedata.

Yes it is Cayratia pedata (Lam.) Gagnep


ANSEPT01 Vitaceae climber for ID : 8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4).
Coorg 29th August 2014

it is Cissus sps. from Leeaceae

Looks like Cayratia pedata (Lam.) Gagnep.

‘Looks like Cayratia pedata (Lam.) Gagnep.’
…, I have my reservations on this id. I am unable to give you an alternate id either.
Please keep this id open to review …




Yes Sir, the ID should be kept open for more discussion, not only this one, I think all….. 

However, ‘Bengal Plants’ and ‘Botany of Bihar & Orissa’ describe only one Vitis with 5 to 7 foliolate leaves – Vitis pedata Vahl.
I have seen even 9 leaflets, the outer most leaflets sometimes being divided upto the petiolule. I have seen flowers of both 4 & 5 merous.
Attached here some photographs for your perusal.

My reservation was based on the plant looking glabrous (C. pedata is hairy), irrespective of the number of leaflets. … has given reason for that (rain drenched) in a direct post to me.



sk2015sept19/19 – Cayratia pedata var. pedata (Lam.) Gagnepain : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4)

KEY – http://efloraindia.nic.in/efloraindia/taxonList.action?id=4734&type=3

Identity of a Plant 230916VV1 : 5 posts by 4 authors. 
Location : Palakad, Kerala
Date : 28/07/2016
Habit : Climber
Habitat : Wild

May be …Cayratia sp..??

Cayratia pedata? 

It looks like Cayratia pedata to me too.

I think seems close to images of Cayratia pedata at efi thread

It looks like Cayratia pedata to me too.


Vitaceae for identification :: Palakkad :: MK016 SEP2016 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Please help to identify this Vitaceae vine found on moist forest floor. Could this be any Tetrastigma?
Leaf: up to 20 cm across
Place: Palakkad Dist., Kerala
Date: July 24, 2016
Alt.: 135 m asl

Cayratia pedata (Lam.) A. Juss. ex Gagnep. var. pedata

See if Cayratia specifically if Cayratia mollissima

It is Tetrastigma sp.

Thanks, …, for the Id. I think matches with images of Cayratia pedata at 



Charmadi Ghat Karnataka
Date: 12 NOV 2016 … Altitude: explored between: 873 – 976 m (2863 – 3201 ft) asl 
Cayratia pedata (Lam.) A. Juss. ex Gagnep. … (family: Vitaceae)

Names (and their variants) of Cayratia pedata are listed at ENVIS – FRLHT … edaakulamandulamaari / edakulamandulamari, gummadithige / gummaditige, kaade pathige, kaaniyamu, kaanniyaapathige, nasagummadi, pulimaada, thigegummadi.
Would like to get the valid names in native script.

ఏడాకులమందులమారి, గుమ్మడి తీగ, కాడెపు తీగ , కాణియం, కనియపు తీగ, నస గుమ్మడి , పులిమాడ , తీగగుమ్మడి are names of Cayratia pedata, well known name is Edaakula mandula mari, the leaf with 7 leaflets

Thank you very very much … for this help.

via Species‎ > ‎C‎ > Cayratia pedata (Lam.) A. Juss. ex Gagnep. … family: Vitaceae
Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
¿ kay-ray-SHE-yuh ? — Latin: Cayratia, from the Annamese vernacular name, cay-rat, a vine … Flora Fauna Web
ped-AH-tuh — foot-like (usually bird’s foot) … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known asbirdfoot grapevine • Assameseগাধাপদী gaadhaapadi • Kannadaಕಾಮಪಟಿಗೇಬಳ್ಳಿ kaamapatigeballiಸಣ್ಣ ಕಂದದಿ ಬೀಳು sanna kandadi beelu • Malayalamവെളുത്ത ചൊറിവള്ളി velutta sorivalli • Marathiघोरपडवेल ghorpadvel • Sanskritगोधापदी godhapadi • Tamilகாட்டுப்பிரண்டை kattu-p-pirantaiநரளை naralai • Teluguఏడాకుల మందుల మారి edakula mandula mari 
… and more names … Assameseতুচামফোৰ-ডৌখা tusamphor-doukha (in Kachari dialect) • Malayalamഇന്ദ്രവള്ളി indravalliഒിയൻകുരുനന് odiyankurunuസോമവള്ളി somavalliഉഴിഞ്ഞ ulinna • Sanskritकीटमारी kitamariकीटनामन् kitanamanपदाङ्गी padangiताम्रपादी tamrapadiत्रिदला tridalaसुवहा suvaha • Teluguహంసపాది hamsapadiకాడెపు తీగ kadepu tigaకాణియం kaniyamకనియపు తీగ kaniyapu tigaనస గుమ్మడి nasa gummadiపులిమాడ pulimadaతీగ గుమ్మడి tiga gummadi 
botanical namesCayratia pedata (Lam.) Gagnep. … synonymsCissus pedata Lam. • Cissus serratifolia Rottler ex Wight • Vitis pedata (Lam.) Wallich ex Wight … status at The Plants List (2013). Version 1.1. 
November 12, 2016 … along Charmadi Ghat, Karnataka 

Super efforts, …

Update: • Bengaliগোয়ালিয়া লতা goalia lata

Names update (name added in Assamese):

Kannada names and their transliteration are correct. It looks even the Tamil name and transliteration is correct.

Please help with the name of Cayratia pedatagoalilata or goalia-lata in Bangla script.
Reference: Botanical Survey of India | Flora of Assam Vol. I. (Part II)

I am giving below the bengali script.  In Bengali, Lata means climber.  In the first word, i. e. Goalilata, I feel that Goali should be separated from Lata as given herewith.
Whether all volumes of Flora of Assam are available online?
গোয়ালি লতা, গোয়ালিয়া-লতা

Thanks once again very much … for the help.
About Flora of Assam, I found following links (not sure whether these comprise all the volumes):
While লতা = creeper, vine … I am wondering what is literal meaning of গোয়ালি or গোয়ালিয়া.
Ampelocissus latifolia also is given the name gowalia lata at some references.
Perhaps another name govila may help in getting some clue.

I express my sincere thanks for providing the valuable links leading to the Flora of Assam which is not available in BHL and Botanicus. I have downloaded all. At first I thought that someone has published a revised Flora of Assam! Anyway, I do not have to go to a library now for seeing this basic book. Prof. S. K. Borthakur of Guwahati University and his students are likely to publish the same in near future.
As regards Lata in Bengali, the meaning that you have given is okay. But there is absolutely no meaning of Goali, Gowalia or Govali. There is Goala meaning milk man and Goal meaning cow shed but the others do not make any sense.  At least I do not know it.

I find the name is used by the Bhumij tribe as put in a white paper.
I find গোয়ালিয়া লতা in a couple of web pages:
Both the pages discuss plants; thus good to go with the name.



Sharing a few pictures of Cayratia pedata var. pedata
Family: Vitaceae
Photographed from near my home in Trivandrum city, growing wild. (6th June 2016).
Known as Bird-foot grape vine
Chorivalli – ചൊറിവള്ളി – in Malayalam.

Beautiful and complete set of photos!! Thanks … i for sharing…


SK735 18 SEP-2017:ID : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Location: Kolkata, India
Date: 8 September 2017
Elevation : 25 ft.

A Vitaceae member. 

Where in Kolkata?

Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden !

It is Cayratia pedata





malappuram dt, kerala state;  plant for identification- DSC02543 – efloraofindia | Google Groups





Alagarkoil 300913 TBN 1 Cayratia sp for validation : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 2 authors.

Please identify this plant details of which are as follows:
Date           :29.09.13                                                              
Location     :Bison valley, Alagarkoil hill ranges, Natham Taluk, Dindigul dt, Tamilnadu N 10*. 06. 617; E 78*. 14.507
Altitude      :Approx 2000 ft
Habitat        :Wild rf
Habit           :climber
Height         :10 ft
Leaves         :?trifoliate
Flowers       :white
Fruits           :berry,
Local name  :Kali Pirandai

Yes it is Cayratia

Thanks for the genus level validation. I understand from Frlht ‘s vernacular names that Cayratia sp are called Kattu Pirandai in Tamil.
The local name in Alagarkoil seems to be Kali Pirandai. Tamil speaking friends, please confirm whether Kali pirandai is an accepted name.

This is Cayratia pedata, also called as ‘panni kodi’ in Tamil, since the wild pigs (wild boars) are fond of the tuberous roots of this plant.

I think it may be Cayratia tenuifolia (Wight & Arn.) Gagnep. or C. japonica (most likely) being 5 pedately foliolate as per Keys in Flora of Peninsular India
Cayratia tenuifolia (Wight & Arn.) Gagnep.: GBIF  Kerala Plants  researchgate  Flora of Peninsular India
C. japonica: GBIF  Wikimedia Commons  FoC illustration  India Biodiversity Portal  Flora of Peninsular India

It looks Tetrastigma leucostaphylum to me.

I think more closer to Tetrastigma sulcatum (P. Lawson) Gamble as per comparative images at Tetrastigma

Seems to be Cayratia japonica

I think it is Cayratia pedata only (as originally identified by Vijayasankar ji) as per images and details herein.
It also looks different from Cayratia japonica as per GBIF.


MS March, 2020/20 Tetrastigma or Cissus sp. for ID : 13 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 mb each. 
Location : Tan, Mizoram

Date : 06-12-2018
Habit : Climber
Habitat : Wild

Parthenocissus semicordata (Wall.) Planch. ??? 

Need to cross verify!

Leaves are pedately compound and different from Parthenocissus semicordata

Keys from Flora of Bhutan lead me to Cayratia or Tetrastigma
I could not find a match as per comparative images at Tetrastigma

Cayratia mollissima (Wall.) Gagnep. ??

No, … I think it should be Cayratia pedata as per keys and comparative images at Cayratia, as I can see 6- 9 pedately foliolate leaves.

OK …!

Cayratia japonica was recorded in Mizoram

Thanks, … It is not C.japonica.

Ok, thanks.

…, I too agree with you for Cayratia pedata,

MS March, 2020/22 Cayratia sp. ? for ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- around 900 kb each. 
Location : Ailawng, Mizoram

Date : 16-07-2018
Habit : Climber
Habitat : Wild

I think Cayratia pedata as per images and details herein. 

MS March, 2020/25 Cayratia sp. ? for Id : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2) – around 800 kb each.
Location : Ailawng, Mizoram

Date : 13-09-2018
Habit  : Climber
Habitat : Wild

Cayratia pedata (Lam.) Gagnep. as per comparative images at Cayratia


Catalogue of Life  The Plant List  Flora of China  FoC illustration  Keys in Flora of Peninsular India

Flora of Guntur District: Andhra Pradesh, India (Description & Keys- 2000) (Cayratia pedata (Lamarck) Jussieu ex Gagnepain with Cissus pedata Lamarck, Encycl. 1: 31. 1783; Vitis pedata (Lam.) Wallich ex Wight as synonyms)

Indian Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated Dictionary edited by C.P. Khare (2008- Cayratia pedata (Wall.) Gagnepain with Vitis pedata Vahl ex Wall. as syn.)

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