Combretum indicum

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  • Botanical Name : Combretum indicum (L.) DeFilipps
  • Synonyms : Quisqualis indica L.
  • Common Name : Madhumalti, Rangoon Vel, Rangoon Creeper
  • Plant Family : Combretaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12-16, 18-24, 26-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Infocity, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Combretum indicum Plant :

  • Habit : A scandant, deciduous climbing shrub, climbs by means of hard, hook-like petioles of fallen leaves.
  • Leaves : Elliptic, acuminate, upper opposite, lower alternate, entire, base subcordate.
  • Inflorescence : Drooping spikes.
  • Flowers :
    • White at first, changing into orange, pink and red, bracts ovate.
    • Calyx-tube green and slender about 3 in. long, above the ovary, teeth 5, deciduous.
    • Petals 5, white changing to pink-red, ovate-oblong, alternating with calyx-teeth, episepalous.
    • Stamens 10, episepalous.
    • Ovary ovate-oblong, ovules 4, style filiform, exerted.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : March - August
  • Significance :
    • Common in the gardens.
    • It is one of the most profuse of bloomers and grows very quickly and luxuriantly.