Cissus alata is commonly known by the names grape ivy and Venezuela treebine. this species is synonymous with the species Cissus rhombifolia and Rhoicissus rhombifolia. It is an evergreen tendril climber that typically reaches a height of around 3m tall, climbing using forked tendrils. Foliage is attractive, glossy green in colour and divided into 3 broad, oval-shaped leaflets. Stems have red hairs on their surface and leaflets have smooth, brown hairs on the undersides. Flowers are non-showy, small, green and fuzzy, they appear in the spring and lead onto blue-black berry fruits in the summer. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.