Shining Marsdenia
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Shining Marsdenia
P Native Photo: Abhilash Damodaran
Common name: Shining Marsdenia
Botanical name: Marsdenia lucida    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Shining Marsdenia is a climbing shrub with branches, leaf-stalks, flower cymes and leaves beneath finely velvet-hairy. Leaves are elliptic or ovate pointed or bluntly tapering, flower-cymes corymb-like, very shortly stalked. Flowers are borne in many-flowered corymbs. Flower-cluster-stalk stout, 1.2 cm. Flowers are 8-12 mm in diameter. Petals are fringed with hairs hairless beneath, sparsely hairy above, coronal scales subulate equalling the anther-tips. Styles are many times longer than the column, tip bifid. Leaves are 10-12.5 x 5-7.5 cm, rather leathery, pale beneath ; nerves arched ; leaf-stalk 2.5-5 cm. Follicles 12 cm long by 2.5 cm in diameter, straight, lanceshaped. Shining Marsdenia is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaun to Bhutan, at altitudes of 2100-2700 m.

Identification credit: Abhilash Damodaran Photographed in Kanasar, Uttarakhand.

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