Fleshy Ipecac
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Fleshy Ipecac
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Fleshy Ipecac • Marathi: Lahan pitmari
Botanical name: Vincetoxicum dalzellii    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Tylophora dalzellii, Tylophora carnosa

Fleshy Ipecac is a smaller perennial climber with round, slender, twinning stem. Like other plants of this family, it exudes milky juice when bruised. Oppositely arranged leaves are ovate-oblong, 5-10 cm long, with tapering tip. Base is rounded and the leaf stalk is 1 cm long. Pinkish flowers are borne in stalked clusters 2-3 across. Flower stalks are 6-25 mm long, and the sepal cup is bristly. Pods are 7-10 cm long, pointed, channeled. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed at Lohagad, near Lonavala, Maharashtra.

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