Brown-Flowered Ipecac
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Brown-Flowered Ipecac
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Brown-Flowered Ipecac
Botanical name: Vincetoxicum fasciculatum    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Tylophora fasciculata, Pentasachme fasciculatum

Brown-Flowered Ipecac is an erect or nearly erect, velvet-hairy twiner. Leaves are up to 4 x 2 cm, ovate, pointed, rounded at base; nerves 3 or 4 pairs, lowest pairs basal; young leaves pinkish; leaf-stalk 1 cm long. Flowers are brownish, 4 x 4 mm, 3-8 together, borne in leaf-axils, in stalked cymes. Flower-stalks are 5-8 mm long; sepals linear, puberulus. Petals are 2.5 x 1 mm, elliptic, blunt, velvet-hairy within; gynostegium 1.5 x 1 mm; corona process ovoid. Follicle 4 x 1 cm, ellipsoidal, hairless. Brown-Flowered Ipecac is found in the moist forests of Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. Flowering: November-July.

Identification credit: Sharad Kamble Photographed in Vengurla, Maharashtra.

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