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Wild Grape
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Wild Grape
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Common name: Wild Grape • Hindi: Golinda, कट्टी बेल Katti-bel, पानी बेल Pani-bel • Marathi: okela, nadena, रान द्राक्ष ran draksha • Tamil: kattukodimindri • Malayalam: vllia-pira-piticha • Telugu: adavi draksha, adavi teega draksha, bedasa tivva, doba-tiga, pula-tiga • Kannada: bilee hambu, kaadu drakshi • Bengali: Gowalia-lata • Sanskrit: amlavetasah • Nepali: पुरेनी Purenee • Mizo: Vawm-hrui
Botanical name: Ampelocissus latifolia    Family: Vitaceae (Grape family)

Wild Grape is a large herbaceous climber, with a tuberous root stock. Stem and branches are hollow, more or less smooth. Leaves circular or broadly heart-shaped 7-15 x 8-15 cm, 3-7 lobed, lobes acute, toothed. Leaf stalk 3-5 cm long. Inflorescence is a compact cyme with a stalk 6-7 cm long, ending in a long bifurcate tendril. Flowers numerous, deep reddish. Petals 5, oblong. Fruit is spherical, black, 6-7 mm, 2 seeded, rarely 3 seeded. Wild Grape is found in Himalayas, from Kumaun to Nepal, and in Western Ghats, at altitudes of 300-1600 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Hemanth Tripathi Photographed in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai & Morni Hills, Haryana.

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