Pretty-Leaved Silkflower Vine
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Pretty-Leaved Silkflower Vine
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Pretty-Leaved Silkflower Vine
Botanical name: Periploca calophylla    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Pretty-Leaved Silkflower Vine is a twining shrub, branches green when young, older purplish, juice milky. Leaves 5-12.5 x 0.5-1.8 cm, linear, lanceolate, long-pointed, cuspidate, glossy above, paler beneath, margin undulate. Leaf-stalks are usually 2.5 mm long. Flowers are borne in small about. 13 cm long clusters in leaf axils. Bract fall off early. Sepal cup is 5-parted, sepals 3-4 mm, ovate, blunt, hairy inside. Corona consists of of 5 threadlike hairy objects. Stamen filaments are hairless, anthers hairy at the back. Seedpods are 12.5-20.0 cm long, 3-4 mm wide, straight or slightly curved. Seed are oblong, 1.5 × 0.3 cm. Pretty-Leaved Silkflower Vine is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir, N. Punjab, Kumaon, Nepal, Sikkim, extending to China, up till altitudes of 2100 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Shillong, Meghalaya & Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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