Sarcostemma viminale (L.) R.Br.

 
  • Family : ASCLEPIADACEAE
    (MILKWEED FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Apocynaceae
  • Basionym : Cynanchum viminale (L.) L.
  • Synonym(s) : Sarcostemma acidum (Roxb.) Voigt
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Cynanchum viminale (L.) L.
  • Common name : Moon creeper, Moon plant
  • Vernacular name : Soma, Somavalli (Sanskrit); Kodikkali (Tamil); Konda pala, Somalatha, Aku jemudu, Chittipala, Dudhi, Pandiri jamudu, Aakuleni jemudu, Palmakastham (Telugu); Somam, Somavalli, Somalatha, Vayastha (Malayalam); Somalatha (Hindi); Somalate, Soma balli, Hambukalli (Kannada)
  • Habit : Climbing shrub
  • Comments / notes : Occasional in dry deciduous and scrub forests on rocky surfaces.
  • Flower, Fruit : August-May
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Idukki district
  • World Distribution : India, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Africa
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; 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; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Ulrich Meve, U. & S.S. Liede 2012. Taxonomic dissolution of Sarcostemma (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae). KEW BULLETIN VOL. 67: 751 – 758; 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=Sarcostemma viminale. Downloaded on 8 December 2019.

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