Cissampelos capensis has Afrikaans vernacular names of dawidjieswortel (little David’s root), dawidjies or even dawwetjies. It is one of several plants named for a mythical root that King David had supposedly known where to dig for, surviving in an Afrikaans idiom (Waar Dawid die wortels gegrawe het), indicating knowledge of what is going on. A descriptive vernacular name also exists in Afrikaans: fynblaarklimop meaning fine-leaf creeper.
The plant is a dioecious shrub growing to 1,5 cm. Its branches may sprawl, sometimes twine. The tiny greenish yellow flowers (3 mm in diameter) are velvety, growing in clusters on long stalks from leaf axils near stem tips. This happens from end summer through autumn. Small, fleshy, orange berries follow.
The species is distributed widely from Namibia to the Eastern Cape. The lowland habitat in variable vegetation has clay or loam soils. This specimen was photographed in April in the Little Karoo near Oudtshoorn. The species is not considered to be threatened in habitat early in the twenty first century (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; www.plantzafrica.com; www.redlist.sanbi.org).