Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin, Biblioth. Bot. 89: 370 1927. (syn. Causonis trifolia (L.) Raf.; Cayratia carnosa (Lam.) Gagnep.; Cayratia trifolia var. cinerea (Lam.) M.Bieb.Raizada; Cayratia trifolia var. cinerea (Lamk) C.R.Babu; Cissus acida Roxb. ex Wight & Arn. (ambiguous synonym); Cissus acutifolia Poir.; Cissus angustifolia Roxb.; Cissus auriculata Roxb. (ambiguous synonym); Cissus carnosa Lam.; Cissus cinerea Lam.; Cissus crenata Vahl; Cissus obtusifolia Lam.; Cissus psoralifolia Planch.; Cissus trifolia (L.) K.Schum.; Cissus trifoliata Buch.-Ham. (ambiguous synonym); Columella trifolia Merrill; Vitis carnosa (Lam.) Wall. ex M.Lawson; Vitis carnosa (Roxb.) Wall.; Vitis carnosa Wall.; Vitis crenata Wall. (ambiguous synonym); Vitis psoralifolia F.Müll.; Vitis trifolia L.);
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Bush Grape, fox-grape, three-leaved wild vine, threeleaf cayratia • Hindi: अमलबेल amalbel, gidardrak, ramchana, tamanya • Marathi: अंबटवेल ambatvel, अंबोशी amboshi, sarbarival • Tamil: காட்டுப்பிரண்டை kattuppirantai • Malayalam: amarcakkoti, corivalli, kattuperanta, tsjori-valli, vatakkoti • Telugu: కనుపుతీగె kanupu tige, పులిమడ puli mada • Kannada: ಹೆಗ್ಗೊಲಿ heggoli • Bengali: অমল লতা Amal-lata • Assamese: চেপেতা লতা Chepeta-lota • Sanskrit: अम्लवेतस amlavetasah, अत्यम्लपर्णी atyamlaparni, gandirah;

Flora of Panipat- Cayratia trifolia from Jatal road Panipat:
Cayratia trifolia from jatal road panipat
Family: Vitaceae

Cayratia trifolia of Vitaceae family, a climber/Liana. Nice Capture

Creeper for ID : 101011 : AK-2:
These pictures taken at Nasik, Maharashtra on the 19th of Sept,11.
Creeper growing wild on a fence having tiny fruits resembling Ficus fruits.

Is this Bush Grape or Cayratia trifolia? Looks similar to your picture on FOI.
Kindly confirm.

Yes Cayratia trifolia; earlierVitis trifolia :: Vitaceae Grape family

Two different plants are seen in the photographs. The flowering climber in the first photograph is definitely a species of Cayratia, but the climber in question with the ‘fig-like’ fruit is a different plant.

Could it be Securinega virosa ?

… looks a good possibility, …
But the concern is the fruits look tender; does Securinega virosa this late ? Query because I am not familiar.

Flowering & fruiting generally occurs between June & December.

Yes, the first pic belongs to Cayratia trifolia and the second one to Flueggea microcarpa (Euphorbiaceae)

Your sharp eye caught the difference!
Pictures were taken very close by, and frankly I had presumed them to be fruits of the first creeper.
Thanks for spotting the difference.
Are Securinega virosa and Fluggea microcarpa syn?




Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin (from Hooghly):

Attaching images of Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin, found on a railway platform in Hooghly.
Species : Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin
Bengali name : GOYALE-LATA (গোয়ালে লতা ), GOLTA (গোলতা), AMAL-LATA (অমাল লতা )
Habit & Habitat : wild climber; trifoliate leaves; globose fruits
Date : 3/7/12, 8.55 a.m.
Place : Kamarkundu, Hooghly
ID help : 1) “Plant Groups” by H. Mukherji 2) “Banglar Jhop-Jhar” by Anirban Ray 3) internet

Some more pics of this plant that i clicked this morning (06/07/12), beside railway track.

Attaching images of tendrils of Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin., recorded this morning (08-July-2012) at around 9.00 A.M. at Nalikul, Hooghly.

Ypthima sp. on Cayratia trifolia from Hooghly:
Captured this butterfly, appears to be Ypthima huebneri Kirby, 1871, on 13th August, 2012, at Garalgacha (Hooghly). Don’t know the first climber upon which the butterfly rested, the second climber is Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin.

Cayratia trifolia from Chennai with Flower and fruit : AS-18Oct2012:
Sharing images of Cayratia trifolia photographed in the outskirts of Chennai in early October. Seems to be an aggressive creeper meriting its common name of 3-leaf Bushkiller.
Can someone tell me if :

  • the four fleshy white parts of flower are sepals or petals ?
  • The ripe fruit was full of purple juice, is it edible or toxic ?

The last image is that of another Vitaceae species, Ampelopsis ( Porcelain berry) , with brilliant blue berries turning dark purple. Originally imported to the USA as an ornamental vine, it is distributed widely by birds and is now a rampant invasive in the forests and parks of Northeastern USA



ID please:  Mixed thread: 1 correct image as above.
Location-Solapur, Maharashtra

Chayratia trifolia

270613 ASP 69 : Attachments (1). 4 posts by 4 authors.
Can you please ID this climbing medicinal herb. Unfortunately no flowers. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Nov 2011.

… possibly Cayratia trifolia. Please wait for comments.

I too think it is Cayratia trifolia



SL 31 191113 : Attachments (1). 4 posts by 4 authors.
Can you please ID this tree fruit, slightly flat. Sorry about the quality of photo.
Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Oct 2012.

… ¿ Cayratia trifolia ? of Vitaceae.
Please wait for comments.

efi page on Cayratia trifolia

According to FoC, Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin is a liana and according to FoP it is a weak herbaceous climber.

Yes, this one too Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin

Plant of Central Java 8 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1 + 1).
Could you identify our coastal creeping herb please.

Possibly a species of Cayratia (Vitaceae).

Thank you. I add another image. I hope you could validate.

Yes, looks like Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin


Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin from Assam KD 03 OCT : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (11).
Attached images are Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin   
Date :10.11.13 & 30.09.2014
Location: Assam
Family : Vitaceae
Genus & species : Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin  
Habitat: Grows wild 
Habit : Climber


Climber ID from Bangladesh SM 175 : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)

Habit: Climber
Habitat Wild

Location: Dhaka City

This can be Cayratia trifolia as per the given picture

do you have a closer pic of the bud/fruit s… I cant tell which it is

I agree with …

ID request – 010115PC2 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Kindly identify this creeper growing in JNU campus, Delhi. Flowers in July.

Cayratia trifolia


Cayratia trifolia : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Cayratia trifolia (vitaceae) Thanks … for ID
Godavari river area Nashik December 2014

I hope this should better be any Vitaceae member..

Cayratia trifolia of Vitaceae



Climber For ID : Borgad Conservation Reserve : Nasik : 05AUG15 : AK-12 : 12/12 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
A small climber, very young plant, seen at Borgad.

This should be Cayratia trifolia

17/9/2007: Jhalana forest, Jaipur; Sagargad, Alibag21April 2010  9.00am; JNU, New Delhi; 13-08-2010- Shahkot, Jalandhar; Pune- Nov.’10; Fl & Fr-Aug-Oct.

This shrub was found on way to and near Amboli a hill station.
No idea about ID.


27 May 2010

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-

Near Amboli

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-


Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-




Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-

Trfoliate dentate edge

Inflorescence Type/ Size-

Compound Umbel?

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-


… most probably Cissus woodrowii … commonly known as: Woodrow’s grape tree • Marathi: गिरणूळ girnul

Thanks for the lead …
The leaves are trifoliate and not lobed.
On detailed searching of the picture and references can this be Cissus reticulata a climber?
The description fairly matches with the shown plant.

Caryatia carnosa ????????????? (plz check spelling)

But for villous surface of leaflets, I wd have said Cayratia trifolia

I too agree with …, but now Causonis trifolia (L.) Mabb. & J.Wen,


Cayratia trifolia from Bilaspur : 6 posts by 3 authors. 2 images- 2 & 3 mb.
Posting photo of Cayratia trifolia from Bilaspur. Photographed in August, 2020.

Close up of inflorescence attached.
Attachments (1)

Need help with this trifoliate annual climber : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 mb each.
Bhopal. Black soil. 24/8/2020

Elevation ?
Parthenocissus semicordata (Wall.) Planch. ??

Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin ??

Yes It’s Cayratia trifolia


Request for ID: 2 high res. images.

Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Date:  28 April 2021 
Elevation: 875m.
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Climber/Vine

Check With Tetrastigma

Did not find a match as per comparative images at
Pl. check with images and details at Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin


Goa, August 2021 :: Cayratia trifolia :: ARK2021-126: 3 images.
Cayratia trifolia fruits.
This was clicked on the beach at Varca, South Goa in August 2021.


I’d of a Vitaceae climber: 3 high res. images.
Request for I’d of a climber of Vitaceae family from Bilaspur. Photographed in April 2022.

Causonis trifolia (L.) Raf.  Syn : Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin !


Causonis trifolia (L.) Mabb. & J.Wen :: Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Nov 15, 2008 · JUN23 DV62: 4 images.

Causonis trifolia (L.) Mabb. & J.Wen
popular synonym: Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin
Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Nov 15, 2008 · 12:34 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
Many thanks to Radha Veach for validating the ID at iNaturalist


Causonis trifolia (L.) Mabb. & J.Wen :: Waghbil, Thane :: Dec 15, 2007 · JUN23 DV302: 1 image.

Causonis trifolia (L.) Mabb. & J.Wen
Waghbil, Thane :: Dec 15, 2007 · 4:25 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
popular synonym: Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin


Causonis trifolia (L.) Mabb. & J.Wen :: Waghbil, Thane :: Dec 15, 2007 · JUN23 DV307: 2 images.

Causonis trifolia (L.) Mabb. & J.Wen
Waghbil, Thane :: Dec 15, 2007 · 3:34 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
popular synonym: Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin


Vitaceae: Cayratia trifolia Domin: 1 image.
location/date: Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, October 1994