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Balloon Vine   
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Balloon Vine
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, heart pea, heartseed • Hindi: कनफटा Kanphata, कनफूटी Kanphuti, कपालफोड़ी Kapalphodi • Marathi: kanphuti, shibjal, kakumardanika • Tamil: kottavan, modikkottan, mudakattan • Malayalam: Jyotishmati, katabhi • Telugu: buddakakara, ekkudutige, jyotishmatitige, kasaritige • Kannada: agniballi, bekkinatoddinaballi, erumballi, kakaralata • Bengali: Lataphatkari • Oriya: sakralata • Assamese: kapal phuta • Sanskrit: Bunu-uchchhe, इंद्रवल्ली Indravalli, Jyotishmati • Nepali: ज्योतिसमाति Jyotismati • Nepali: ज्योतिष्मती Jyotishmati, कपाल फोडी Kapal Fodi, केश लहरा Kesh Laharaa
Botanical name: Cardiospermum halicacabum    Family: Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)

Balloon Vine is a woody perennial vine distributed almost globally in the tropics. It is a fast growing vine up to 10 feet. Leaves are trifoliate, up to 4 inches long, with highly lobed leaflets. The plant climb with tendrils and needs some form of support. The small white flowers bloom from summer through fall, flowers are not very showy. The fruit is more interesting, from which the plant gets its common name. It is a brown, thin-shelled, inflated angled capsule up to 3 cm across, containing 3 black seeds each, with a white heart-shaped scar.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at Warora, Maharashtra.
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