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Vitis heyneana Roemer & Schultes, Syst. Veg. 5: 318. 1819. V. lanala Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2: 474. 1824; M. Lawson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 651. 1875, p.p.

Climbing or scandent shrubs; bark rough, reddish brown; branches terete, striate, tomentose; tendrils branched. Leaves ovate, sometimes angled, 5-12 x 4-10 cm, acute or acuminate at apex, cordate or rarely truncate at base, serrate at margins, glabrate above, greyish to greyish brown tomentose beneath; petioles 2-7 cm long. Inflorescences thyrsiform, paniculate cymes, 7-15 cm long; peduncles 2-4 cm long, tomentose, sometimes with a bifurcated tendril. Flowers ca 2 mm long; pedicels 2-3 mm long. Stamens ca 1.5 mm long; anthers oblong. Disc ring shaped. Ovary ca 1 mm across. Berries globose, ca 6 mm across, 2-4 -seeded. Seeds obovoid, ca 4 x 3 mm, dark brown, shiny.

Fl. & Fr. : Apr. - Oct.

Distrib. India : Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya and Andhra Pradesh.

Nepal, Bhutan, W. China and Myanmar.

Notes. The fruits are edible. The roots are also said to be eaten.

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