Leptadenia reticulata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Leptadenia reticulata (Retz.) Wight & Arn.
  • Common Name : Dodi, Kharkhodi, Hirandodi
  • Plant Family : Asclepiadaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 14
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra

About Leptadenia reticulata Plant :

  • Habit : A twiner on the hedges.
  • Leaves : Small, coriaceous, ovate, acute, base rounded.
  • Inflorescence : Umbellate Cymes.
  • Flowers :
    • Small, greenish-yellow.
    • Calyx 5-lobed.
    • Corolla rotate, lobes 5, ovate-oblong, with revolute margins, hairy, often with a hairy process on the inner face near the tip.
    • Corolline corona of 5 truncate, fleshy lobes, staminal-corona minute, annular, close to the staminal column, anthers without appendages, pollinia ovoid, caudicles long.
  • Fruit : Follicles smooth, turgid, tapering to a short curved beak, seeds comose.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : June-August
  • Significance :
    • The plant is stimulant and tonic and the leaves are applied on ringworm.
    • Fruits used as vegetable and sold in the market.