Harjora lota, Veld grape, Cissus quadrangularis

Harjora lota or Veld grape (cissus quadrangularis, family: vitaceae) is a deciduous perennial climber with smooth, stout, succulent, quadrangular stems. It has simple tendrils. It is native to Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. It is also found in Africa, Arabia, and Southeast Asia. It has been introduced to Americas.



Local names : Harjora lota, Harbhanga lota.
Other names : Veld grape, Veldt-grape, Devil's backbone, Edible stemmed vine, Cactus vine, Bone setter, Climbing cactus, Kangaroo vine, Succulent-stemmed wild grape, grape, Winged treebine, Adamant creeper.
Synonyms : Vitis quadrangularis, Cissus fischeri.


Its species name quadrangularis (having four angles and four sides) derived from its quadrangular stem.