Agastyamala Twisted-Flower
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Agastyamala Twisted-Flower
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Agastyamala Twisted-Flower • Malayalam: Kambetti
Botanical name: Strophanthus wightianus    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Agastyamala Twisted-Flower is a climbing shrub with stem, leaf-stalks and flower-cluster-stalks violetish. Leaves are 8-10 x 2.5-3 cm, elliptic to elliptic-obovate, pointed at tip, narrowed at base; veins 8-12 pairs, lopped to form inter marginal vein. Flowers in at branch-ends branched cymes. Bracts 0.3-0.4 cm long, triangular, tapering. Flower-cluster-stalks stout. Flower-stalks 0.5-0.6 cm long. Sepals 5, 0.2-0.25 cm long, tapering. Flowers are brown; tube 0.7-0.8 cm long, widened at throat. Coronal lobes are 5, 0.8-1 cm long, linear lanceshaped. Stamens 5, included; anthers arrow shaped. Disc 0. Carpels 2, apocarpous; ovules many; style slender, thread-like; stigma conical. Follicles stout, 8-10 cm long, 0.2 cm wide, tapering to tip. Seeds many, ovoid, compressed, 0.6-0.8 cm long, tipped with silky coma. Agastyamala Twisted-Flower is endemic to Southern Western Ghats, typically found in Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve. Flowering: March-January.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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