Foto info
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Bhingri • Marathi: भिंगरी Bhingri • Telugu: Budamarri, Esaparatiga, gubbadara, Isaparatige • Kannada: Betta thakkaali • Oriya: Chokantua
Botanical name: Symphorema involucratum    Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)

Bhingri is a climbing shrub, with cylindrical branchlets which are hairy when young. Leaf blade is nearly elliptic to ovate, densely velvety on the underside, and somewhat smooth above. Leaf base is rounded to slightly heart-shaped, margin nearly entire to toothed. Flowers are borne in beautiful clusters carried on long, velvety stalks. The bracts just below the flowers are oblong, enlarged in fruit. Sepal cup is tube-like 4-5 mm long, velvety outside. Flowers are white, 6-8 mm, with 6-8 narrowly oblong petals, 2-3 mm long. Fruit is nearly round, 4-6 mm across. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed at Kanakeshwar, Alibag, Maharashtra.
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