Western Ghats Star Creeper
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Western Ghats Star Creeper
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Western Ghats Star Creeper
Botanical name: Heterostemma dalzellii    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Heterostemma wallichii

Western Ghats Star Creeper is a large climber, with cylindrical stems swollen at nodes, with purple tinge. Branches have two opposite lines of hairs. Oppositely arranged leaves are broadly ovate, 12-18 cm long, pointed at the tip, rounded at the base, carried on 3-7 cm long stalks. Flowers are borne in umbel-like clusters, carried on stout stalks. Flowers stalks are 6 mm. Flowers are flat, with 5 ovate petals. Flowers start out cream, with a yellow center. They mature to pink, with maroon centers. Western Ghats Star Creeper is found in the Western Ghats. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke, Satish Pardeshi Photographed at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai.

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