Hairy Ipecac
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Hairy Ipecac
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Hairy Ipecac
Botanical name: Vincetoxicum hirsutum    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Tylophora hirsuta, Tylophora hispida, Tylophora ovata

Hairy Ipecac is a lianas up to 5 m long, rusty hairy, or velvety except for upper leaf surface and sometimes seed-pods. Leaf-stalks are 0.5-3 cm, leaf blade ovate, 2.5-12.5 x 1.2-9 cm, base heart-shaped, tip pointed or with a short tapering part, and mucronate. Lateral veins are 4-6 pairs. Inflorescences are 4-13 cm across, carried on stalks 0.5-2 cm long. Rachis is simple, zigzag, occasionally forked. Cymules are stalkless, racemelike, dense, many flowered. Flower-stalks are threadlike, 5-10 mm. Sepals are long-pointed to ovate, ciliate. Glands are 5 or absent. Flowers are yellowish or yellow-green, pinwheel shaped, about 5 mm across, hairless or velvety. Flower-tube is about 1 mm, petals oblong-ovate or ovate, about 1.5-2.5 x 1-1.2 mm, blunt. Corona lobes are ovoid, pouched, apex obtuse, covering base of anthers. Seed-pods are lanceshaped to oblong-lanceshaped in outline, 4-7 cm x 3-12 mm, velvety or hairless, tip sometimes recurved. Hairy Ipecac is found in China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam, at altitudes of 200-1000 m. Flowering: April-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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