Cayratia carnosa

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Cayratia carnosa (Lam.) Gagnep.
  • Synonyms : Vitis trifolia L.
  • Common Name : Bush Grape, Fox Grape, Khat Khatumbo
  • Plant Family : Vitaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 19
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Van Chetana Kendra

About Cayratia carnosa Plant :

  • Habit : Slender, herbaceous climber.
  • Stem : Herbaceous or woody at the base only, compressed, densely pubescent when young; tendrils short, slender, usually branched.
  • Leaves : Trifoliate, leaflets thick, lanceolate or obovate, acute or obtuse, crenate - serrate or subincisodentate, more or less pubescent on both surfaces, stipules small, ovate, acute.
  • Inflorescence : Cymes
  • Flowers :
    • Flowers in branched dvarivate pubescent long-peduncled cymes; buds globose.
    • Calyx pubescent outside, funnel-shaped or truncate or obscurely 4-lobed.
    • Petals 4, oblong, rounded at the apex, hooded, pubescent outside.
    • Disc cup-shaped with a plicate margin. Style conical.
  • Fruit : Berry deep purple, fleshy, 2-4 seeded.
  • Seeds : Triangular, rounded and rugose on the back, cuneate on the face.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : July-December
  • Significance : Throughout on the hedges, old walls and low shrubs or trees.