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Argyreia nervosa (Burm.f.) Bojer

Argyreia nervosa (Burm.f.) Bojer




Argyreia speciosa (L.f.) Sweet

Vernacular Names

English Elephant climber, elephant creeper.
Indonesia Areuy bohol keboh (Sundanese).
Philippines Sedang-dahon (Tagalog), hojag de seda (Sp).
Thailand Bai rabaat, phak rabaat (central), mueang man (Bangkok).
Vietnam Th[ar]o b[aj]c g[aa]n.

Geographical Distributions

Native to India; cultivated in many tropical countries, also throughout Southeast Asia, and occurs occasionally as an escape from cultivation.


This is a liana up to 10(-15) m long, with densely hairy twining stems.

The leaves are ovate to orbicular, measuring 10-30 cm x 8-25 cm and sometimes even larger, deeply cordate at base and densely hairy beneath. The bracts are large, 3.5-5 cm long and caduceus.

The petal is with limb shallowly lobed, about 6 cm long and pinkish-purple.

The fruit is spherical, about 20 mm in diametre and yellowish-brown.

Ecology / Cultivation

A. nervosa occurs most commonly in forest margins, secondary forests and brushwoods at low to medium altitude, up to 1500 m.

Line Drawing / Photograph



  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3. 2003.

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