Rosy Milkweed Vine   
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Rosy Milkweed Vine
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
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. Flowering: July-February.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra and Pune.
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