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Gymnema inodorum (Lour.) Decne.

Gymnema inodorum (Lour.) Decne.

Family

Asclepiadaceae

Synonyms

Gymnema tingens (Roxb.) Sprengel, Bidaria inodora (Lour.) Decne., Bidaria tingens (Roxb.) Decne., Gymnema syringifolium (Decne.) Boerl., Gymnema reticulatum (Moon) Alston, Marsdenia tingens (Roxb.) P.I. Forster.

Vernacular Names

Indonesia Sayor pepe, uta mata (the Moluccas).
Philippines Kalalaki-ti-du-gep (Iloko).
Cambodia Voƫ toahs.
Thailand Phak chiang daa (Chiang Mai).
Vietnam Lo[ax] ti.

Geographical Distributions

Gymnema inodorum is widely distributed in Nepal, India, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Cambodia, northern Vietnam, southern China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Java, Borneo, Timor, Sulawesi, the Moluccas and the Philippines.

Description

This is a climbing shrub or liana, which can reach up to 25 m long.

The leaves are ovate-oblong to ovate or broadly ovate, measuring 4-14 cm x 2-9 cm while the petiole is 2-6 cm long.

The petal is yellow and minutely covered with fine hairs outside with the corona lobes included. The follicle measures 8-16 cm x 2.5-3 cm, hairless and weakly beaked.

Ecology / Cultivation

G. inodorum is locally common in thickets and secondary forests.

Line Drawing / Photograph

BOT00175

References

  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3.