Broad-Petal Ipecac
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Broad-Petal Ipecac
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Broad-Petal Ipecac
Botanical name: Vincetoxicum subramanii    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Tylophora subramanii

Broad-Petal Ipecac is a velvet-hairy stout twiners. Leaves are up to 14 x 8 cm, ovate or elliptic, oblong, blunt at tip, aciculate, rounded or heart-shaped at base, rusty velvet-hairy; nerves 6 pairs, irregular; leaf-stalk 1.5-3 cm long. Umbel in leaf-axils, solitary, 10-15-flowered; flower-cluster-stalk to 10 mm long. Flowers are creamy, 1.5 cm across; flower-stalks 8 mm long, stout, velvet-hairy; sepals 3.5 x 1.5 mm, oblong, pointed, hairy. Petals are 6 x 5 mm, ovate, blunt, oblique at tip; corona 3 x 3 mm, round to shortly 5-lobed; Gynostegium 3 mm high, shortly 5-lobed at tip, hairless. Broad-Petal Ipecac is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

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