Antigonon leptopus

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn.
  • Common Name : Ice-cream Vel, Coral Vine, Bride's Tears, Chain-of-love, Hearts on a Chain
  • Plant Family : Polygonaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 3, 6, 11 - 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 24, 28 - 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Antigonon leptopus Plant :

  • Habit : A climbing herb with tuberous roots, climbing by means of axillary stem tendrils which are also flower peduncle modified into tendrils at the apex.
  • Leaves : Simple, large, alternate, stipulate, ovate, cordate, entire and acute or acuminate, hairy.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary raceme ending into a tendril. The rachis slender, angled, hairy and bears branched tendrils.
  • Flowers :
    • Bracteate, complete, pedicellate, hermaphrodite, actinomorphic, hypogynous, pink, solitary or several at a node.
    • Perianth made up of 5 tepals, the 3 outer are broadly ovate and cordate but the inner 2 are narrow, polyphyllous, quincuncial and pink.
    • Stamens 8, arranged in whorls, polyandrous, dithecous, dorsifixed, introrse.
    • Gynoecium tricarpellary, syncarpous, superior, unilocular, basal placentation, a nectary is located below ovary, style 3, stigmas 3, capitate, kidney - shaped.
  • Fruit : Nut - achene conical, enclosed in a persistent, stiff perianth.
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : Throughout the year.
  • Significance : Cultivated in gardens as a lovely and beautiful climber.