Pergularia daemia

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Pergularia daemia (Forsk) Chiov
  • Synonyms : Daemia extensa R. Br.
  • Common Name : Chamar Dudheli, Utaran
  • Plant Family : Asclepiadaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 4, 8, 11, 12, 15, 17, 27, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Basan, Aranya Van

About Pergularia daemia Plant :

  • Habit : A perennial twiner with milky juice, foetid, hairy.
  • Leaves : Ovate, cordate, thin.
  • Inflorescence : Lateral cymes.
  • Flowers :
    • Greenish-yellow, bracteates, bracts small.
    • Calyx lobes 5, ovate.
    • Corolla bell-shaped, lobes 5, corona-lobes in 2-series, the inner spurred at the base and the apex with horns.
    • Stamens 5, anthers erect with inflexed appendages.
    • Pollinia one in each cell without translators or caudicles.
    • Style apex exserted.
  • Fruit : Follicles with soft spines. Seeds comose.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August - January
  • Significance : The plant is pungent and cooling, cures ulcers, eye troubles, urinary discharges and leucoderma.