Botanical name: Cynanchum tunicatum Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)
Synonyms: Asclepias tunicata, Cynanchum pauciflorum, Periploca tunicata
Coated Swallow-Wort is a herbaceous climber 1-2 m long, with slender stems. Leaves are ovate-oblong, 5-7 cm long, with heart-shaped base, carried on 2-3 cm long stalk. The whole plant contain milky juice, typical of the milkweed family. Flowers are borne in umbel-like clusters in leaf axils. Flowers are 6-8 mm long, creaming pink, with oblong petals. The corona is as long as the petals, white, membrane-like, with 5 linear lobes on the margin, and small teeth between the lobes. Seed-pods are 5-6 cm long, lanceshaped, not winged. Coated Swallow-Wort is found in the forests of Western Ghats and other parts of India. Flowering: October.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
The flower labeled Coated Swallow-Wort is ...