Large-Leaf Leea
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Large-Leaf Leea
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Large-Leaf Leea, Leea • Hindi: हाथीकाना Hathikana • Marathi: गजकर्णी Gajakarni, Dinda • Bengali: ঢোলসমুদ্র Dholsamudra • Sanskrit: समुद्रिका Samudrika, Jino
Botanical name: Leea macrophylla    Family: Vitaceae (Grape family)
Synonyms: Leea integrifolia, Leea latifolia

Large-Leaf Leea, locally known as Hathikana, literally meaning, having elephant ears, is an erect shrub, or perennial herbs, 90 cm or more in height, with switchy branches and perennial tuberous roots. Leaves simple, ovate-cordate, conspicuously large - lower leaves up to 60 cm in diameter. The large leaves lend it many of its common names. Tiny greenish white flowers in corymbose cymes. Berries are depressed-globose, black. Leaves are eaten as famine food. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Maharashtra.

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