Botanical Survey of India | Flora of India

JSP Page
Ampelocissus divaricata (Wallich ex M. Lawson) Planchon in J. Vigne Amer. 8: 375. 1884 & in DC., Monogr. Phan. 5: 378. 1887. Vitis divaricata Wallich ex M. Lawson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 657. 1875.

Slender climbing shrubs; branches deep-striate, scarcely woody, tomentose. Leaves 3-5-foliolate. pedate, membranous, greyish red or white woolly tomenlose beneath; petioles up to 15 cm long, striate; terminal leaflets elliptic-lanceolate or narrow-ovate, 10-21 x 4-9 cm, acuminate at apex, cuneate to rounded at base, crenate-dentate at margins with teeth subspinulose; petiolules up to 5 cm long; lateral leaflets oblique, 9-17 x 4.5 -8 cm, margins and apex as in terminal leaflets; petiolules up to 2.5 cm long. Inflorescences compact, divaricate, umbellate-cymes, pubescent to nearly glabrous; peduncles 5-16 cm long; tendrils branched; primary branch of inflorescence 2-4 cm long; cymes 2-4 cm long. Flowers ca 1.5 mm long, red; pedicels ca 1 mm long. hairy. Calyx: cupular. Petals slightly in curved at apex, ca 1.5 mm long. Stamens ca 1 mm long; anthers globose. Disc short, thin, covering only the base of ovary. Ovary co 0.8 mm across, glabrous; stigma sessile. Berries globose- ellipsoid, ca 1 cm across, 1-4-seeded. Seeds oblong-ellipsoid, ca 6 x 3 mm, adaxial surface with a longitudinal ridge broadening towards apex; abaxial surface with a narrow longitudinal groove having a circular or elliptic pit in the centre, finely rugose.

Fl. & Fr. : June - Dec.

Distrib. India: Evergreen forests, between 750-1800 m. Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Nepal, Bhutan and Indo-China.

JSP Page
  • Search