Velvety Spurge-Creeper
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Velvety Spurge-Creeper
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Velvety Spurge-Creeper
Botanical name: Dalechampia velutina    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Dalechampia scandens var. velutina

Velvety Spurge-Creeper is a climber with stinging hairs. Leaves are tri-lobed, 6-10 x 3-5 cm, base heart-shaped, thinly velvet-hairy, middle lobe obovate, pointed, margin entire or minutely toothed, lateral ones small and oblique, yellowish green, leaf-stalk to 7 cm. Flowers are borne in stalked clusters up to 10 cm. Involucral bracts are to 5 x 4 cm, tri-lobed, distinctly veined, membranous; male flowers about 5 mm across; tepals 3 or 4, about 3.5 mm, obovate, pointed, filaments to 7 mm, connective apiculate; female flowers 6 mm across, tepals 6, to 5 mm, oblong, pinnatifid, hairy, ovary 5 mm across, style to 1 cm. Velvety Spurge-Creeper is endemic to Tamil Nadu. Flowering: December-March.

Identification credit: R. Kottaimuthu Photographed in Kolli Hills (Namakkal), Tamil Nadu.

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