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Rosy Milkweed Vine
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Rosy Milkweed Vine
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Rosy Milkweed Vine • Assamese: বেঙেনা বুলিয়া লতা bengena bulia lota, গংগামালা Gongamala • Bengali: দুধী dudhi, দুধিয়ালতা dudhiyalata, ক্ষীরাই kshirai • Gujarati: જલડોડી jaldodi, જલદુધી jaldudhi, નારોટ narot • Hindi: दूधी dudhi, दुग्धिका dugdhika, दूधिया लता dudhiya lata • Kannada: ದುಗ್ಧಿಕ dugdhika, ಮೇಕೆ ಕೊಂಬು ಬಳ್ಳಿ maeke kombu balli • Malayalam: കിണികിണിപ്പാല kinikinippala • Marathi: दुधाणी dudhani • Nepali: अनारसिङ्गे लहरो anarsinge laharo • Odia: ଦୁଧିଆ ମେଣ୍ଢି dudhia mendhi, ଉତ୍ତମା uttama • Punjabi: ਗਨੀ gani, ਘਰੋਟ gharot • Sanskrit: दुग्धिका dugdhika, क्षीरिणी kshirini, उत्तम uttama, उत्तमफलिनी uttamaphalini, युग्मफलोत्तम yugmaphalottama • Tamil: ஊசிப்பாலை uci-p-palai, உத்தமை uttamai • Telugu: పాల pala Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Oxystelma esculentum    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Rosy Milkweed Vine is a perennial creeper, which becomes 1-2 m long. It has fibrous roots emerging from the lower nodes of the stem. Numerous slender, twinning stems are branched. Oppositely arranged linear-lancelike leaves, with rounded base, are 4-10 cm long. White-purple handsome flowers occur in raceme-like cymes, 10-15 cm long. Flowers can sometimes be almost white. The drooping, 5-petalled, saucer shaped flowers are pink-purple veined. It has a corona of 5 erect lobes in the center. Lance-like follicles are 3-6 cm long, and are edible. The plant is a good source of famine food. Flowering: July-February.


Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra and Pune.

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