Long-Stalk Kadsura
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Long-Stalk Kadsura
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Long-Stalk Kadsura
Botanical name: Kadsura longipedunculata    Family: Schisandraceae (Magnolia vine family)
Synonyms: Kadsura discigera, Kadsura omeiensis, Kadsura peltigera

Long-Stalk Kadsura is a climbing shrub which is hairless throughout. Leaf-stalk is 0.6-1.7 cm; leaf blade elliptic to rarely ovate-elliptic or obovate-elliptic, 5.5-12 x 2-4.5 cm, papery to leathery, secondary veins 4-8 on each side of midvein, base wedge-shaped to rarely broadly wedge-shaped, margin nearly entire, finely toothed, minutely toothed, or sawtoothed, tip shortly to long tapering. Flower-cluster-stalk is prominently long, 1.2-4-6.4 cm (male), 3-5-16 cm (female). Tepals are 10-15, pale yellow, yellow, or occasionally reddish, largest 4-7 x 3-6 mm. Male flowers have stamens 26-54; staminodes absent. Femail flowers have carpels 20-58. Fruiting stalk is 2.5-9.5 cm; apocarps red, purple, or rarely black, 6.5-11.5 x 4.5-6.5 mm. Seeds are 1-3 per apocarp, kidney-shaped, 3.5-4.5 x 4.5-6 mm. Flowering: June-September.
Medicinal uses: Long-Stalk Kadsura is used medicinally and the fruit is edible.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed in Pelling, Sikkim.

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