Indian Caralluma
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Indian Caralluma
P Native Unknown Photo: Prabhu Kumar K M
Common name: Indian Caralluma • Malayalam: Pullakidy
Botanical name: Boucerosia indica    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Caralluma indica, Ceropegia indica, Hutchinia indica

Indian Caralluma is a small fleshy herb. Leaves are minute, falling off. Flowers are borne in umbels at branch-ends, 5-6 flowered. Flower-stalks are 0.5 cm; sepals 4 x 2 mm, lanceshaped. Flowers are broadly bell-shaped, tube 4 mm, petals 6 x 6 mm, broadly ovate, pointed, hairy inside and fringed. Corona is double, staminal, outer cup-shaped, lobes 5, 3 x 3 mm, 2-cuspidate, pointed, inner adnate to the outer, inflexed over the pollinia; pollinia erect, pellucid at tip; style tip 5 angled. Indian Caralluma is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Prabhu Kumar K M Photographed at Tamil Nadu & Kerala.

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