Madras pea pumpkin is a perennial herb, climbing or trailing up to 3 m, stem
bristly-hairy. Tendrils are simple, thread-like. Leaves are arrow shaped,
hastate, nearly triangular to ovate in outline, usually deeply or shallowly
heart-shaped at base, 1.5-9 cm long, and about as broad, 5-lobed to almost
unlobed, wavy-toothed to irregularly lobulate-toothed, rough; middle
lobe longest, triangular; lateral lobes ovate-triangular. Leaf-stalk varies
from 3 mm to 8 cm in length.
Flowers are borne on 1-3 mm long flower-stalks. Sepal-cup tube is 1-2 mm long,
sepals 1 mm long. Petals are yellow, 1-2 x 1-1.2 mm. Berries are 1-7, nearly
stalkless, in leaf-axils, clustered, nearly spherical, scarlet when ripe,
smooth, hairless (green & bristly when young), 0.5-1.1 cm in diameter.
Seeds are ovate, about twice as long as broad. Flowering: April-October.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke, Rakesh Singh
Photographed in Maharashtra, Karnataka & Rajasthan.
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