Long-Petal Swallow-Wort
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Long-Petal Swallow-Wort
P Native Unknown Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Long-Petal Swallow-Wort
Botanical name: Vincetoxicum govanii    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Iphisia govanii, Tylophora govanii

Long-Petal Swallow-Wort is a perennial climber with stems 20-40 cm, velvet-hairy, naked below. It is named for George Govan, 19th century surgeon and correspondent of Wallich; Superintendent, Botanical Garden of Saharanpur. Flowers are borne in umbels which are stalked, rarely stalless. Flowers are dark purple, 8 mm in diameter, carried on threadlike stalks. sepals are linear, petals lanceshaped, corona swollen. Anthers are large for the size of the column, with pollen masses pendulous. Leaves are almost stalkless, oblong, elliptic or obovate, 2.5-4 cm long, 1.2-3 cm broad. Rarely leaves can be very narrow or almost circular. Long-Petal Swallow-Wort is found in the Western Himalaya, at altitudes of 2000-2700 m.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, Amber Srivastva, Sunit Singh Photographed at Bantoli, Gaundar, Ukhimath, Uttarakhand.

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