Maloo Creeper is the largest creeper in India, and
can grow up to 10-30 m long. The woody stem can get as thick as 20 cm.
The spreading stout branches are covered with rusty fine hair. The
stout tendrils are coiling and occur in pairs. Large leaves are 10-45
cm, 2-lobed with a broad cut. The white flowers, 2-3 cm across, turn
yellow when old. The flowers are borne in rounded clusters. They have
has 3 fertile stamens and 7 staminodes. Fruit is a flat woody pod with
fine rusty hairs, 20-30 cm long. Maloo Creeper is found in the
Himalayas, from Kashmir to Sikkim, up to altitudes of 1500 m. It is
considered to be a formidable enemy of trees. Flowering: April-June.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed in Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore and Maharashtra.
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