Urn-Flower Creeper
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Urn-Flower Creeper
P Native Photo: Aakash Raut
Common name: Urn-Flower Creeper
Botanical name: Heterostemma urceolatum    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Oianthus urceolatus

Urn-Flower Creeper is a perennial, milky twinning undershrub. Roots are wiry, branched. Stem is slender, sparsely hairy to hairless, leaves 2-6 x 2-3 cm opposite, stalked, ovate to oblong, sometime heart-shaped, 4-7 nerved, fringed with hairs, finely velvet-hairy above and on nerves beneath. Flowers are borne in 4-5-flowered cymes. Flowers are 1-3 cm long, 7-8 mm across, dark brown to red, ovoid-urn-shaped, depressed spherical, swollen at the base, contracted at tip, petals 5, short, nearly equal to the length of the tube. Fruit is a pair of follicles, slender, straight, round, pericarp thin. Urn-Flower Creeper is found in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Aakash Raut, Suhan Moholkar Photographed in Satara distt., Maharashtra.

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