Telosma Vine
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Telosma Vine
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Telosma vine • Hindi: Surkilla • Telugu: Konda male-tige, Aalapala, Errumalle-tige
Botanical name: Telosma pallida      Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Asclepias pallida, Pergularia pallida

Telosma vine is a vine with slender stems overed with fine soft hairs, that grows to 3 m. Leaf stalk 2.5-3.5 cm; leaf blade oval to heart-shaped, 6-8 × 3-5 cm. The flower clusters are umbel-like, with the stalk supporting them 0.7-1.5 cm. The yellow-white star-shaped flowers are odorless or nearly so. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, ciliate. Seed-pods are cylindric-lanceshaped, 5.5-10 cm. Its more popular cousine Telosma cordata has fragrant and more yellow flowers. Telosma vine is found in Pakistan to India to Taiwan, including the Himalaya, at altitudes of 300-900 m.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi & Bijnor, UP.

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