Argyreia nervosa (Burm.f.) Boj.

  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Convolvulaceae
  • Species : Argyreia nervosa
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Argyreia nervosa (Burm. f.) Bojer
  • Common name : Elephant Creeper
  • Vernacular name : Bastantri (San.); Samandar ka pat (Hin.); Chandrapada (Kan.)
  • Collection Nos : R.R.Rao 786
  • Collector(s) Name : Srirangapatna (Hassan)
  • Key identification features : A large climbing shrub, with woody stem hollow and young branches white-tomentose and with a milky latex. Leaves are simple, large, cordate, entire, glabrous above and fulvous-tomentose beneath. Flowers are a few, sub-capitate 1-2 flowered cymes. Bracts 3-5 large, ovate-lanceolate, apically acute, softly pilose outside and glabrous within. Corolla rose-purple, funnel-shaped with stamens inserted within; anthers pinkish-white, filaments papillose. Ovary conical and glabrous. Style single and stigma biglobose. Fruits indehiscent, dry and fruiting sepals accrescent, leathery and persistant. Seeds glabrous 2-4, brown in colour.
  • Habit : Climber
  • Comments : Common in open places near villages and also cultivated in gardens
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Belgaum, Chikamagalur, Davanagere, Mysore, Raichur, Tumkur, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi
  • Floras referred : Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Bhaskar & Kushalappa, 2013- Flora of Tumkur District; N.P.Singh, 1988- Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara


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