Rangoon Creeper, Chinese honeysuckle, Radha Manoharam, Burma creeper • Hindi: मधु मालती Madhu Malati • Manipuri: পারিজাত Parijat • Marathi: Vilayati chambeli • Tamil: Irangun malli • Bengali: মধুমংজরী Madhumanjari • Urdu: Ishq pechaan عسق پیچاں ;


Sharing the images of Quisqualis indica from Coimbatore.:
Common ornamental plant in house/office Quisqualis indica

does your vine develop fruits? have you noticed it? or keep a watch… please…
I have not seen any in Bengal..
though in Myanmar it does fruit like crazy, and the fruits are medicinal in chinese medicine..

Nice catch my neighbour had this plant and it was a den of caterpillars.

Requesting for id :
Requesting for id this flower taken on 21/11/2012 at thane creek in garden

Quisqualis indica L.

Yes, Quiscalis indicaRangoon Creeper.
Family- Combretaceae.

Combretum indicum is new accepted name Quisqualis indica

Yes it is Rangoon Creeper, Madhumalti in Marathi


Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight: December 11- 24,2014 SN 01 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Combretum indicum (L.) DeFilipps. (= Quisqualis indica L.),
ornamental climber grown in the Indian plains up to an altitude of 1000m, it also forms a nice hedge

Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight: Quisqualis indica BRS DEC 01 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Sharing the images of Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica) from Coimbatore.

Yes common in Delhi also
Beautiful photographs

Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight: Combretaceae- Quisqualis indica at Mumbai – -PKA-DEC35: : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Quisqualis indica (Rangoon Creeper) from Mumbai.

Nicely recorded images again.. thanks …

Combretum indicum (L.) DeFilipps
Syn: Quiqualis indica L.
Rangoon creeper
Woody liana with opposite up to 14 cm long leaves, elliptic-oblong to obovate, entire glabrous; flowers in axillary or terminal spikes, fragrant; hypanthiumlong and slender; calyx lobes caducous; petals 5, exceeding calyx lobes; stamens 10 in two whorls; fruit dry, 5-winged,
Photographed from Delhi.

Attached are pictures of Combretum indicum captured at different cultivated gardens in Mumbai in October 2012 and April 2013.
I like the mild fragrance of the flowers in the evening.

Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight : Combretaceae : Combretum indicum-White Flowers : Kenya : 20DEC14 : AK-52 :  5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Combretum indicum seen in Kenya during a visit in Jan,2009.
Note the pure white flowers.

The plant you have uploaded cannot be Combretum indicum because this plant has always  either pink flowers or white and pink mixed but the plant you are showing has only white lowers with different morphological features so the plant can be Quisqualis indica

But isn’t Quisqualis indica a Syn of Combretum indicum?


This very commonly planted straggling/climbing shrub is the famous “Rangoon Creeper“, present pics are from Botanical Garden of P.U. Patiala
Combretum indicum (L.) DeFilipps


Yes, beautiful photographs …

very red
when do they turn white or is it the other way around?


Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight : Combretaceae : Combretum indicum : Nasik : 20DEC14 : AK-48 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Common name Rangoon Creeper Dwarf.
Combretum indicum, Syn Quisqualis indica.
Seen at Gangajal Nursery, Nasik.

Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight : Combretaceae : Combretum indicum : Muscat : 20DEC14 : AK-51 :  3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Common name Rangoon Creeper from Muscat.

Yes … Nice photographs

Combretum indicum :: Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight (NSJ-08) : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
Rangoon CreeperCombretum indicum (Marathi – Madhumalti)

Earlier name Quisqualis indica


Combretum indicum (L.) DeFilipps : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Motel du Mugling, Kurintar, Nepal 
Date: 13 July 2017
Altitude: 900 ft.
Syn : Quisqualis indica L.

Nepali Names : मालती Maalatee / बाजा फूल Baajaa Phool / ब्रह्मा बेली Brahmaa Beli  / लाल चमेली Laal Chameli / असारे फूल Asaare Phool


Can this be a cultivar of Combretum indicumcaptured at MNP in April 2014.
It is not a climber, instead sits nicely in a pot as a small bush with smaller leaves.
Requesting to please provide ID of the plant.

In guess correct ID !

ID is correct. Many such horticultural varieties are now available.

Quisqualis densiflora–  A native creeper. Favourite of people in UP-Bihar-Bengal where it is known
as Madhumalati. Fragrant flowers. At my place in Gwalior. Today: efi thread

(17.12.10; 2 pictures; 17 messages; difference between Quisqualis indica & Quisqualis densiflora; .. Quisqualis densiflora Wall ex Miq. is the synonym of Quisqualis conferta (Jacq.) Excell.)  



Request for ID : 300111 : AK-3: Again at Tsavo West National Park, Kenya in January, 2009. It was a creeper with flowers resembling the Rangoon Creeper or Madhumalati but the flowers were White instead of Pink.

– This is Quisqualis indica (Rangoon Creeper Vine, Drunken Sailor, Scarlet Ragoon, Chinese Honeysuckle)


Request for ID – 270911SR1:  Can you also let me know the common name of this flower?

Date/Time- June 12, 2011
Location- Salt Lake, Kolkata, West Bengal
Plant Habit- Shrub/ Climber (it was growing over the top of a wall)
Height -Around 4-5 ft.
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 5 petals,pink,not more than 3 cm in diameter

Quisqualis indica, native of south-east Asia … common name: madhumalati.

common Rangoon creeper i think

Very common in Kolkata gardens…
there’s a famous adhunik song… Madhumalati dake ayei… phulo faguner… by Sandhya Mukhopadyaya…
if you dont know it or have forgotten…U tube has it

Basantilata, Madhabilata,
Modhumalati sanskrit name

bengali name Ranganbel, Begunlata.

Yes …. In english commonly referred to as the Rangoon creeper or at times as Chinese honeysuckle.

fragrant pink-red :: Hooghly (WB): This garden climber, once common, is now hard to find one. MADHABI LATA, as we call it in Bengali, boasts of having been mentioned in many Bengali literatures. Bengali poets were in love with this plant. People often named their daughters after this beautiful flower.

Species : Quisqualis indica L.

Bengali name : MADHABI LATA

Habit & Habitat : Garden climber

Date : 24/03/2012, 2.30 p.m.

Place : Balarambati (Hooghly), WB

ID help :
2) http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31530/#b

I took these photographs yesterday while i was returning home by train. It was near a railway station when i noticed it on my way to school. On my return path i got down from the train… and the result is before you!


Flower ID Request 20120610: I clicked this pic of the flower of a plant in Andheri East in Mumbai. I have attached the crops for the flower and the leaves of the plant. The plant had grown above 2 metres in height. Some flowers could be seen in a bunch while some flowers were growing individually like this one in the pic. Please let me know what flower it could be.

Most probably this is rangoon creeper, Quisqualis indica from Combretaceae..

Agree with … Quisqualis indica
So many car names in it

yes quisqualis indica
when you look at your bunch flower pictures you’ll most likely see several shades of pink, whitish pink and red… ie different ages of the flowers…
There is dwarf variey out too…how large are these leaves and the flower across the petals…

I have attached another crop of the bunch of flowers that you mentioned, and I think one can see different shades…


SYMBIOSIS : 335 : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Attaching an image of a Honey Bee on the flowers of Quisqualis indica. The plant is commonly known as RANGOON CREEPER. It is known as MADHABILATA in Bangla.


SYMBIOSIS 336 : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Attaching an image of male of a Purple Sunbird on the flowers of Quisqualis indica.

efloraofindia:”Id 10042013MR1’’ Combretum indicum flowers at Pune :  Attachments (2). 3 posts by 2 authors.
May 2012
sharing images of Combretum indicum flowers at a housing society garden at Pune. fragrant flowers. also seen wasps and ants foraging the flowers
called Madhumalati in Marathi

Thanks for sharing good close-ups.
I was not aware of this name which is correct as per GRIN and The Plant List and Quisqualis indica is a synonym


Quisqualis indica : Dwarf : Nasik : 280413 : AK-4 : Attachments (1).  6 posts by 3 authors.
Picture taken in Gangajal Nursery, Nasik on 11/4/13.

A dwarf variety of the Rangoon Creeper with slightly different flowers.
Cultivated, potted plant.
What would be the botanical name for it?

this is Dwarf Quisqualis indica 

Combretum indicum is the correct name

Hooghly : Quisqualis indica L. :  Attachments (4).  11 posts by 5 authors.
This is purely white Quisqualis, in the wild, might be Quisqualis indica L.
Bigger, cordate leaves are of Dregea volubilis (L. f.) Bentham ex J. D. Hooker

Yes … Very good photographs.

… what are the Indian common names for this plant Quisqualis indica. I am very much interested as this is a
larval food plant of Slate and Indigo Flash butterflies

Hindi: Rangoon ki bel

Guj: Barmasi vel
Tel: Ettaguttilativva, rangonimalle, tige-ganneru
Tam: Irangunmalle. ilengaramalligai
Bombay: marmasi, lalachameli, rangunachavel

मधु मालती in Marathi.

Very pleasant surprise to meet you here, remembering those facebook butterfly days 🙂
Many thanks to … for the regional names. Else i would have taken help of FoI – http://www.flowersofindia.RangoonCreeper.
It is very interesting that neither “Bengal Plants” nor “Flora Indica” provides any regional name for this plant. Roxburgh writes, “A native of Amboyna where it grows to be a large scandent shrub…..”
However, A college-text-book mentions it as BRAHMOLATA in Bengali, though we call it MADHABI-LATA. Other names found in the very same book are –
  • Eng. – Rangoon creeper
  • H & P – Lal-malti
  • Assam – Madhabilata
  • Odisha – Modhumalati
  • G – Barma sinivel
  • Mumbai – Vilayati chambeli
  • Mar. – Lal chameli
  • T. – Rangoon malli
  • Te, – Rangonimalle
  • Bur. (Burma) – Dawchmaing

Thank you … and all eflora friends
native names to latin names is a rising issue and its awareness is on increase among non-botanical ppl like me. The knowledge of co-relation of flora and fauna and its importance is the need of this hour. As the
success and sustainability of conservation depends on root level, the knowledge should be made available in regional languages. The first step I think begins with native names….. I am hopeful of this eflora
group that the botany pundits will definitely provide us with the info in native tongue as and when required….. Thnx to all.

always provides us regional names of plants. Members can search the group site /home, by entering botanical names.

In Malayalam it is known as ‘Ice cream chedi’
We occasionally found white and coloured flowers together in same inflorescene. The newly opened flowers always white and gradually turned into reddish-pink. As its generic epithet indicates, it is quite ‘confusing’. 

Very interesting name Sir, sounds as sweet as the flowers!

Combretum indicum : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 3 Mb.
Location : Marina Bay Garden , Singapore
Date : 18 October 2012
Elevation : 25 m.
Habit : Cultivated

rangoon creeper


Combretum indicum, Combretaceae: 3 high res. images- 2 jpg
Sir Sending here some photographs of Combretum indicum, Combretaceae which often planted as an ornamental climber. The above photographs are clicked on November 24,2020 in Aurangabad MH


Combretum indicum,Combretaceae: Fruits: 3 images.
Sending some photographs of rare sighting of the fruits of Combretum indicum (cultivated)
clicked in Aurangabad MH on November 20,2021


Swamy/New series/ID/68 – Combretum indicum L.: 6 images.
I am posting the pictures of Combretum indicum L. Photographed in my garden.


Combretum indicum..!: 2 high res. images.
Combretum indicum


Combretaceae: Combretum indicum (L.) Jongkind: 1 high res. image.
synonyms: Quisqualis indica L., Combretum indicum (L.) DeFilipps
location/date: Tarubanda village, Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Amravati Distr., Maharashtra, November 1994



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