Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Ayurvedic Udyan
About Cissampelos pareira Plant :
Habit : A slender climbing shrub, branches grooved, pubescent.
Leaves : Peltate, orbicular, cordate at the base, slightly broader than long, mucronate, hairy on both surfaces when young, margins hairy, petioles as long as or longer than the leaves, inserted about 4-6 mm from the base of the leaf.
Male flowers in more or less axillary cymes, minute, yellowish; peduncles slender, hairy, bracts small, sepals 4, hairy outside, ovate oblong, concave, petals 4, connate into a short cup like corolla, hairy outside, half the size of the sepals; anthers 4, sessile.
Female flowers in elongate solitary or twin, axillary racemes; pediels very short, hairy, bracts leaf-like, orbicular, persistent, more or less hairy; sepal 1 ovate-oblong, hairy outside; petal 1 about half the length of the sepal, Ovary 1, style short, trifid.
Fruit : A drupe, rounded, compressed, hairy, at first red, finally black, supported by the large persistent bracts.