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Cryptolepis buchananii Roemer & Schultes, Syst. Veg. 4;409. 1819. Hook. f., F1.Brit. Ind. 4:5.1883; Collett, Fl.Siml. 315.1921; Cooke,Fl.Pres.Bomb. reprint ed. 2:210.1958; Stevens in Saldanha & Nicolson,Fl.Hassan Dist.46. 1976.

Vern.; Karanta.


A glabrous twining shrub, juice milky, branches terete. Leaves elliptic to oblong-ovate, 7.5-15 cm long, tip retuse or sometimes acute, apiculate, glabrous, green above, whitish below; petiole 6-13 mm long. Flowers in short paniculate axillary cymes. Bracts ovate, lanceolate. Calyx segments c. 1 mm long, ovate, subacute. Corolla 10-14 mm long, pale greenish-yellow, tube c. 2 mm long, lobes 6-7 mm long, linear or linear-lanceolate, acute. Coronal scales 5, clavate, attached to the top of the corolla-tube closing its mouth. Stamens at the base of the corolla tube, filaments very short, free, anther bases adhering to the stigmas. Follicles 5-11 cm long. Seeds 6-7 mm long, ovate-oblong, compressed, black; 3.1-3.2 cm long.

Fl. Per.: May-August.

Type: India orientali legit Franc. Buchanan, Herb.Banks.

Distribution: Pakistan (Salt Range), Kashmir, India.


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