Chandigarh Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Chandigarh (India)
Designed & Developed by Bioinformatics Centre, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Cryptolepis dubia (Burm.f.) M.R.Almeida

Family: Periplocaceae Genus: Cryptolepis Species: Cryptolepis dubia (Burm.f.) M.R.Almeida






Synonym Cryptolepis buchananii Roem. & Schult., Cryptolepis reticulata (Roth) Wall. Ex Steud., Nerium reticulatum Roxb. Flower Color Yellow - Orange
Common Name Karanta, Kala Bel Flower Type Cyme
English / Trade Name Wax Leaved Climber Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name Dudhi Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude Upto 1200 m Fruit Type Follicle
Habit Shrub Fruit Details Follicles 2, woody, c. 7 cm long. Seeds flat, with silky coma
Habitat Moist and dry deciduous forests, also in the plains Bark Type Smooth
Distribution India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar To South And West China,Pakistan Bark Details Bark purplish-red, peeling off in papery flakes. latex white
Distribution in chandigarh Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Opposite (leaves in pairs along stem)
    Leaf Shape Elliptic
Description of Species Large twining gabrous shrub with copious milky juice. Bark brown on old stems. Leaves oblong or elliptic, 7-15 ×3.7-6.2 cm, obtuse rounded, often apiculate at apex, glabrous, shining above, pale-glaucous beneath, secondary nerves numerous, slender, nearly parallel, united in an intramarginal ring, base rounded or subacute. Petiole 7.5-15 mm long. Flowers yellow, 1.8 cm across, in lax, often panicled cymes with opposite, divaricate, fleshy branches, constricted at the nodes, cymes usually 2.5-5 cm long and broad. Pedicels 3 mm long. Calyx-lobes ovate, acute, 2.5 Mm. Corolla-tube 2.5-3 mm. lobes linear, linear-lanceolate, 7.5mm. Coronal scales clavete, fleshy. Pollinia very minute, linear. follicles poniard- shaped, 5-10 cm long, 1.2-1.8 cm diam in the middle Leaf Details Leaves 5-10 × 2-4.5 cm, elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, base acute or cuneate, apex obtuse or apiculate. Glabrous and glossy. Lateral nerves 10-15 pairs, horizontally parallel. petiole to 1 cm long

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