Pinwheel Creeper
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Pinwheel Creeper
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Pinwheel Creeper • Kannada: ಬೆಟ್ಟ ತಕ್ಕಾಳಿ Betta thakkaali, ನರಂಬೋದಳ್ Narambodalu • Malayalam: ഞരമ്പോടൽ Njarambodal • Marathi: भिंगरी Bhingri • Oriya: Chokantua • Tamil: வக்கணாத்தி Vakkanatti • Telugu: బుడమర్రి Budamarri, ఇసపరతీగ Esaparatiga, గుబ్బదార Gubbadaara, కొండ తెక్కలి Kondathekkali, నగురు Naguru, పెండి తీగ penditige, సురుడు Surudu, తెల్ల పిప్పిలి Thellapippili • Tulu: ನರಂಬೋದಲ್ Narambodal Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Symphorema involucratum    Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Synonyms: Congea involucratum, Congea paniculata, Analectis speciosa

Pinwheel Creeper is a climbing shrub, with cylindrical branchlets which are hairy when young. Flowers are borne in beautiful clusters carried on long, velvety stalks. Flowers are white, 6-8 mm, with 6-8 narrowly oblong petals, 2-3 mm long. Sepal cup is tube-like 4-5 mm long, velvety outside. The bracts just below the flowers are oblong. They become much enlarged in fruit, and with the small, nearly round fruit, 4-6 mm across, at the centre, they look like pinwheels. Leaf blade is nearly elliptic to ovate, densely velvety on the underside, and somewhat smooth above. Leaf base is rounded to slightly heart-shaped, margin nearly entire to toothed. Pinwheel Creeper is found in India to China and SE Asia. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed at Kanakeshwar, Alibag, Maharashtra & Jamshedpur forest, Jharkhand.

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