Pueraria tuberosa (Roxb. ex Willd.) DC.

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Basionym : Hedysarum tuberosum Willd.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Pueraria tuberosa (Willd.) DC.
  • Common name : Tuberous Honey Suckle, Indian kudzu
  • Vernacular name : Ban kumra, Patal kumra, Bharda, Bidari Kand, Vidarikand, Suraal (Hindi); Gumadi gida, Dari gida, Bidrekanda gida (Kannada); Dari gummadi (Telugu); Bhui Kakharu, Handiphuta, Bhui kumra, Patal kumra, Mardamal (Oria); Vidari (Sanskrit); Muthuku (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Liana
  • Habitat : Dry and moist deciduous forests
  • Comments / notes : Occasional in clumps along ghat roads up to 1200m. Tubers are highly medicinal
  • Key identification features : Large climber; roots tuberous
  • Flower, Fruit : December-June
  • Collector(s) Name : Raja K. Swamy, Arun Sing, Navendu Page & K. Sankara Rao
  • Collection Date : 23/03/2016
  • Collection Nos : HJCB-0629
  • Collection Locality : Yercaud-Salem Ghat road, Salem district (TN)
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Kurnool district, Srikakulam district, Vishakapatnam district, West Godavari district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Alappuzha district
    • Odisha : Mayurbhanj district, Angul district, Koraput district, Nayagarh district, Puri district, Dhenkanal district, Sambalpur district, Kalhandi district
    • Tamil Nadu : Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Salem district, Coimbatore district, The Nilgiri district
  • World Distribution : Tropical Himalayas, India, Nepal, Pakistan
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2001 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 2; J.L.Ellis, 1987- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • 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=Pueraria tuberosa. Downloaded on 16 December 2019.

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