Commonly called the African embossed plant because of its unusual foliage pattern and texture, Cercestis mirabilis (N.E.Br.) Bogner can climb up to a height of 10m. Leaves are glabrous; petiole is terete, grooved at the base in the adult stage, shortly sheathing, hastate or cordate-hastate, cuspidate-acuminate or shortly and rather abruptly acute, more or less sinuate along the margins. In young plants or young shoots entire, dark green, variegated with whitish between the primary veins in a pattern resembling the tips of a fern frond. In adult plants with large slit-like perforations between the primary veins on each side of the midrib, green, without variegation; front lobe ovate or oblong-ovate; basal lobes broadly rhombic-ovate, or somewhat hatchet-shaped, very obtuse, with a broad, open, very obtuse sinus between them.
The genus name Cercestis is derived from the Greek name, kepkis, a weaver's shuttle.
Name: Cercestis mirabilis (N.E.Br.) Bogner
Common name: The African Embossed Plant
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: Climbing phanerophyte
Native Range: W. Trop. Africa to Uganda and Angola
Habitat: rainforest at ca.800m
Height: up to 10m
Spread: 60-100 cm
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-37213; IPNI plant ID : 943021-1; Tropicos ID : 2106689; NCBI taxonomy ID : 174194; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2872038; African Plant Database ID : 33533; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1090927; WCSPF ID : 37213; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:943021-1; IRMNG ID : 10254358; iNaturalist taxon ID : 428133; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000834943
Synonyms: =Nephthytis picturata N.E.Br. = Nephthytis picturata var. angustata N.E.Br. = Rhektophyllum congense De Wild. & T.Durand ≡ Rhektophyllum mirabile N.E.Br.