Common name: Rosy Milkweed Vine • Hindi: दूधिया लता Dudhialata, दूधी की बेल Dudhi-ki-bel • Marathi: दुधाणी Dudhani • Telugu: దూధీ పలా Dudhi pala
Botanical name: Oxystelma esculentum Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)
Rosy Milkweed Vine is a perennial creeper, which becomes 1-2 m long. It has
fibrous roots emerging from the lower nodes of the stem. Numerous slender,
twinning stems are branched. Oppositely arranged linear-lancelike leaves,
with rounded base, are 4-10 cm long. White-purple handsome flowers occur in
raceme-like cymes, 10-15 cm long. Flowers can sometimes be almost white.
The drooping, 5-petalled, saucer shaped
flowers are pink-purple veined. It has a corona of 5 erect lobes in the
center. Lance-like follicles are 3-6 cm long, and are edible. The plant is
a good source of famine food.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
|Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra and Pune.|