Roundleaf Ipecac
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Roundleaf Ipecac
ative Photo: Milind Girdhari
Common name: Roundleaf Ipecac
Botanical name: Vincetoxicum rotundifolium    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Tylophora rotundifolia, Tylophora trichophylla

Roundleaf Ipecac is a trailing herb with stems covered with curved hairs. Leaves are up to 5-7 x 4-7 cm, broadly ovate or round, heart-shaped at base, blunt at tip, nerves 4-6 pairs, irregular, leaf-stalk 3-5 mm long. Flower umbels are erect, borne in leaf-axils, 3 cm long, flower-cluster-stalked. Flowers are creamy, 7 mm across, many together; sepals 2 x 0.2 mm, linear, hairy, petals are 3 x 2 mm, ovate, blunt, gynostegium 1.1 x 1 mm, corona process spherical. Seed-pod is 4 x 1.5 cm, ellipsoid, hairless. Roundleaf Ipecac is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Milind Girdhari Photographed in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

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