Common name: Himalayan Goldencreeper, Himalayan tuber-gourd
Botanical name: Thladiantha cordifolia Family: Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin family)
Synonyms: Thladiantha calcarata
Himalayan Goldencreeper is a beautiful large climber
with ovate-heart-shaped leaves and bell-shaped golden yellow flowers.
bell-shaped, about 2 cm, with petals turned back at the tips. Male flowers
are borne in the axils of broad, fringed bracts, in stalked clusters 5-8
cm long. Ovate leaves have long stalks, and the blade is 10-15 cm , deeply
heart-shaped at the base, with marginal tooth-like projections. Leaves are
round and bristly haired. Fruit is ellipsoidal, about 3.5 cm long,
longitudinally 12-25 nerved. Himalayan Goldencreeper is not a common
plant, and is found in the Himalayas from Bhutan to North-East India, at
altitudes of 600-2500 m. Flowering: April-June.
|Photographed at Leimaraam, Manipur.|