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Solena amplexicaulis (Lam.) Gandhi in Saldanha & Nicholson, Fl. Hassan Dist. 179. 1976. C. Jeffrey in Kew Bull. 34(4): 793. 1980.

Vern.: Bankakra.


  • Bryonia amplexicaulis Lam.
  • Melothria amplexicaulis (Lam.) Cogn.
  • Solena heterophylla (Lour.) Cogn.
  • Zehneria umbellata Thw.

    Leaves polymorphic, 0.5-1.5 cm long, slender, shortly villous, rarely scabrous, variously lobed, lobes acute, scabrid with minute glands and dots above. Flowers yellow or white, c. 6 x 4 mm, pedicel c. 8 mm. Fruit c. 2.5 x 1.5 cm, scabrous, rarely shortly villous, several seeded. Seeds grey, small, c. 8 x 6 mm.

    Fl. Per.: April-July.

    Holotype: India, Sonnerat (P).

    Distribution: Same as that of genus.

    The roots, leaves and fruits are eaten. The root and seeds are considered stimulant and purgative.


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