Decalepis hamiltonii Wight & Arn.

 
  • Family : ASCLEPIADACEAE
    (Milkweed Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : AAK FAMILY (आक फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : APOCYNACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Decalepis hamiltonii Wight & Arn.
  • Vernacular name : Maakaliberu (Kannada); Maahaalikizhangu, Mavallinga kizhangu, Neemam (Tamil); Nannari, Maredu kommulu, Madina kommulu (Telugu); Mahannikizhangu, Mahalikizhangu (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Liana
  • Habitat : Dry deciduous forests and scrub jungles
  • Comments / notes : On hills of scrub and deciduous forests up to 1100m among rocks and stream banks. The tubers are medicinal and often pickled.
  • Flower, Fruit : May-December
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Anantapur district, Kurnool district, Kadapa district, Prakasam district, Nellore district, Chittoor district
    • Karnataka : Bengaluru district, Ballari district, Davanagare district, Hassan district, Kolar district, Mysuru district, Tumakuru district
    • Kerala : Palakkad district, Idukki district
    • Tamil Nadu : Tiruchirapalli 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; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; 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; Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 – Flora of Hassan district; Ramaswamy & Razi, 1973 – Flora of Bangalore; Rao & Razi, 1981 – A Synoptic Flora of Mysore District
  • 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=Decalepis hamiltonii. Downloaded on 1 April 2020.

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