Ventilago maderaspatana Gaertner

 
  • Family : RHAMNACEAE
    (Buckthorn Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : BER FAMILY (बेर फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : RHAMNACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Ventilago maderaspatana Gaertn.
  • Common name : Red creeper
  • Vernacular name : Pitti (Hindi); Aithaala beelu (Kannada); Vempadankodi, Vempadam, Pappili (Tamil); Ettasurugudu, Ettashirattalativva, Surlaitige, Surudugudu (Telugu); Raktapita, Pichali, Petchurimal, Sajumalo, Torida, Petchuri, Raktakhai, Pitchule (Oria); Dineshvalli, Rakthavalli (Sanskrit); Vembada, Marapettykody (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Liana
  • Habitat : Moist deciduous and semi-Evergreen forests
  • Comments / notes : In scrub jungles on foothills up to 1300m.
  • Key identification features : Slender climbing shrub
  • Flower, Fruit : December-April
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Chittoor district, Kurnool district, Kadapa district
    • Karnataka : Ballari district
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Idukki district
    • Maharashtra : All districts of Maharashtra
    • Odisha : Sambalpur district, Mayurbhanj district
    • Tamil Nadu : All districts of Tamil Nadu
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Java, Malay Peninsula
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; J.L.Ellis, 1987- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; 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=Ventilago maderaspatana. Downloaded on 7 December 2021.

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