Ctenolepis cerasiformis

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Ctenolepis cerasiformis (Stocks) C.B.Clarke
  • Synonyms : Zehneria cerasiformis Stocks, Blastania cerasiformis (Stocks) A.Meeuse
  • Common Name : Aankh Futamani
  • Plant Family : Cucurbitaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 8, 9

About Ctenolepis cerasiformis Plant :

  • Habit : An extensive monoecious, nearly glabrous climber.
  • Stem :
    • Subfiliform, elongate, much-branched, grooved and angled, smooth or slightly scabrid.
    • Tendrils slender, elongate, striate, simple.
  • Leaves :
    • Membranous, scabrid on both surfaces with spots, usually 3-partite, narrowed at the base, denticulate or crenulate, the lateral segments more or less bilobed, the intermediate segment entire or trilobed, often with a long mucro; petioles slender, grooved, hirsute, at length scabrid with white spots.
    • Stipular bracts orbicular, reniform or dimidiate, scabrid with minute white spots, ciliate with hairs as long as the breadth of the bract.
  • Flowers :
    • Male flowers 5-10 at the apex of a glabrous filiform peduncle, pedicels ebracteate.
    • Calyx teeth minute.
    • Corolla minute, segments ovate-oblong, obtuse, spreading.
    • Female flowers solitary, peduncles short.
  • Fruit :
    • Berries, subsessile, globose, scarlet, glabrous, two seeded.
    •  Seeds ovoid, broad, smooth, glabrous, yellowish-grey, convex on one side, deeply concave on the other, edge sharp.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August-October