Cryptolepis buchananii Roemer & Schultes

  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Apocynaceae
  • Species : Cryptolepis buchananii
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Cryptolepis buchananii Roem. & Schult.
  • Common name : Wax-leaved Climber
  • Vernacular name : Karanta (Hin.); Kare balli, Halu balli (Kan.); Paal kodi, Mattaankodi (Tam.); Adavi paalatiga, Gunji teega, Guruguvalateega, Meerpativa, Morsimada, Palatiga (Tel.); Khir kaichi, Dhudhimal, Kongha, Narbraha, Gar, Gopkanu, Gobkania, Khir kandi, Dhudi (Ori.)
  • Key identification features : A perennial twiner with milky latex and shiny, simple and opposite leaves. Flowers on branched inflorescence and 1.5 cm across. Corolla shortly tubular and greenish-yellow, lobes oblong-lanceolate Fruit is a pair of follicles. Seeds many and coma silky-white.
  • Habit : Liana
  • Flower, Fruit : March-September
  • Comments : Common on foothills to 1300 m on cleared slopes, forest border etc. A ready colonizer.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Bellary district (Karnataka State); Poovankulam R.F. (Vellore district, former North Arcot) (Tamil Nadu State); Srikakulam district, Rangapuram R.F. (Kurnool district), Krishna district, Visakhapatnam district, West Godavari district, Kadapa district, Prakasham district (Andhra Pradesh State); Ganjam district (Odisha State); Angul district, Balasore district, Bolangir district, Cuttack district, Deogarh district, Dhenkanal district, Gajapati district, Ganjam district, Kalahandi district, Kandhamal district, Kendrapada district, Keonjhar district, Khurda district, Koraput district, Malkangiri district, Mayurbhanj district, Rayagada district, Sambalpur district, Sundargarh district, Kandhamal district (Odisha State)
  • World Distribution : India, Sub-tropical Himalaya, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China, Indo-China, Pakistan
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; J.L.Ellis, 1990- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 2; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2 ; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipal, Orissa; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. buchananii. Downloaded on 4 March 2024.


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