Ceropegia spiralis Wight

 
  • Family : ASCLEPIADACEAE
    (MILKWEED FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Apocynaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Ceropegia spiralis Wight
  • Vernacular name : Amruthaanjanagadde (Kannada); Puri nimmatai (Telugu)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Comments / notes : Rare in hills, about 800-1000m. Rocky areas of grasslands
  • Key identification features : Slender erect herbs, root tuberous, stem glabrous. Leaves chartaceous, linear, glabrous, apex and base acute, margin entire. Flowers solitary, axillary; corolla 4-5 cm long, tube sub-cylindric, hairy within above from orbicular base with corolla lobes five, spirally twisted, glandular hairy; corona biseriate, outer bifid, deltoid lobes. Follices very slender, about 12.5 cm long. Seeds comose.
  • Flower, Fruit : August-December
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Kadapa district, Chittoor district, Kurnool district
    • Kerala : Palakkad district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Tamil Nadu : Dharmapuri district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Peninsular India
  • World Distribution : India
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; Nayar, M.P. & Sastry, A.R.K. 1990. Red Data Book of Indian Plants. Vol. 1-3. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Ceropegia spiralis. Downloaded on 20 June 2019.

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