Ampelocissus barbata (Wall.) Planch. (India (Assam, Darjeeling, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya), Sikkim, Bhutan, Myanmar [Burma], Andaman Isl. (Middle Andaman Isl., South Andaman Isl.), Nicobar Isl. (North Nicobar Isl.), Vietnam, Bangladesh as per Catalogue of Life)
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Ampelocissus indica (L.) Planch. (S-India (Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu), Sri Lanka as per Catalogue of Life)

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Ampelocissus latifolia (Roxb.) Planch. (Assam, Bangladesh, East Himalaya, India, Nepal, Pakistan, West Himalaya as per POWO; India (throughout), Nepal, Jammu & Kashmir (Jammu), Laos, Pakistan, Bangladesh as per Catalogue of Life)

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Ampelocissus rugosa (Wall.) Planch. (Bhutan, India (Darjeeling, Garhwal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya), Sikkim, Nepal, Myanmar [Burma] as per Catalogue of Life)

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Ampelocissus sikkimensis (Laws.) Planch. (China (Yunnan), Sikkim, Nepal, NE-India (Darjeeling, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Mizoram, Meghalaya) as per Catalogue of life)

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Ampelocissus tomentosa (B.Heyne & Roth) Planch. (India (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu), Bangladesh, Myanmar [Burma] as per Catalogue of Life)

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BSI Flora of India with keys and (Distribution):
Ampelocissus araneosa (Dalz.) Planchon ex Gamble (India: Evergreen forests of western Ghats, up to 1500 m. Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu)
Ampelocissus barbata (Wallich) Planchon in DC. (India: Tropical and subtropical forests, up to 1500 m. Uttar Pradesh (Kumaon), West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, NagaJand, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar Islands; Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam)
Ampelocissus divaricata (Wallich ex M. Lawson) Planchon (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)
Ampelocissus helferi (M. Lawson) Planchon in DC. (India : Andaman Islands; Myanmar)
Ampelocissus indica (L.) Planchon (India : Evergreen forests of western Ghats from Konkan southwards. Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Sri Lanka)
Ampelocissus latifolia (Roxb.) Planchon (India: Almost throughout the country in evergreen and deciduous forests, sometimes ascending up to 1600 m; Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh)
Ampelocissus rugosa (Waltich) Planchon (India: Himalaya, from Garhwal eastwards and Khasia Hills, between 1200-2500 m. Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya; Nepal and Myanmar)
Ampelocissus sikkimensis (M. Lawson) Planchon (India: Subtropical forests of eastern part between 600-1500 m. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Mizoram and Meghalaya; Nepal)
Ampelocissus tomentosa (Roth) Planchon (India: Dry deciduous forests of central and eastern India and hill forests of peninsular India, up to 1500 m. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Bangladesh and Myanmar)
Ampelocissus wightiana Shetty & P. Singh (India : In evergreen forests of Courtallam, Kannikati and Muthukuz Vayal, up to 1000 m. Tamil Nadu. Rare; Sri Lanka)


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Keys in Flora of Bhutan:

1. Leaves mostly 3-foliolate … .. 1. A. divaricata
+ Leaves simple but often shallowly lobed … .. 2
2. Stems, petioles and peduncles softly glandular-bristly; flowers in panicles … 2. A. barbata
+ Stems, petioles and peduncles glabrous to tomentose but never glandular bristly; flowers in rounded cymes … .. 3
3. Leaves often shallowly 5 — 7-lobed, softly red-brown tomentose beneath, becoming pubescent or almost glabrous, rugose above  .. 3. A. rugosa
+ Leaves unlobed, glabrous, smooth above … 4. A. sikkimensis


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1a Leaves compound ……. 1. A. divaricata
b Leaves simple (sometimes lobed) ……. 2.
2a Stems, petioles and leaves conspicuously hairy …… 3.
b Stems, petioles and leaves mostly glabrous or very sparsely hairy …… 4.
3a Stems and petioles with arachnoid hairs and dark erect glandular hairs. Inflorescence an elongate thyrse …. 2. A. barbata
b Stems and petioles with arachnoid hairs, never with dark erect glandular hairs. Inflorescence an umbellate corymb … 3. A. rugosa
4a Leaf blade generally pentagonal or slightly 5-lobed. Inflorescence a pyramidal thyrse. Calyx entire ………  4. A. latifolia
b Leaf blade ovate to orbicular, neither angled nor lobed. Inflorescence an umbellate corymb. Calyx 5-notched …. 5.
5a Leaf blade ovate to orbicular, neither angled nor lobed. Inflorescence an umbellate corymb. Calyx 5-notched … 5. A. sikkimensis

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Flora of Peninsular India with keys at species links, if any:
Ampelocissus araneosa (India (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu) as per Catalogue of Life)
Ampelocissus birii (India (Kerala- Palakkad district))
Ampelocissus divaricata (N-India (Garhwal, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Arunachal
Pradesh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu), Nepal, Bhutan as per
Catalogue of Life)
Ampelocissus erioclada (syn. of Ampelocissus wightiana B.V.Shetty & Par.Singh as per POWO– S. India, Sri Lanka)

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Species with description & keys from Flora of Pakistan (Distribution):
Ampelocissus latifolia (Roxb.) Planch. (N.W. India, Assam, Sylhet, Bengal, Bihar, sub Himalayan tracts, from Ravi east ward, Kashmir & Nepal)

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Ampelocissus divaricata (Wall. ex M. A. Lawson) Planch. (300-1700 m; Himalaya (Garhwal to Nepal), Assam, Indo-China)
Ampelocissus latifolia (Roxb.) Planch. (300-1600 m; Himalaya (Kumaun to Nepal), India)
Ampelocissus nervosa (M. A. Lawson) Planch. (1000-1800 m; Himalaya (Nepal, Sikkim))- Not mentioned in Online Flora of Nepal (2017)
Ampelocissus rugosa (Wall.) Planch. (1000-2400 m; Himalaya (Garhwal, Nepal), Assam, Burma)
Ampelocissus sikkimensis (M. A. Lawson) Planch. (1000-2000 m; E. Himalaya (Nepal, Sikkim), Khasia)

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Ampelocissus hoabinhensis C. L. Li [Nepal, Vietnam].- Vietnam, China (Yunnan) as per Catalogue of life– Not mentioned in Online Flora of Nepal (2017)

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Pl. go through Ampelocissus‎‎ (Vitaceae) page with comparative images of species in efloraofindia. On clicking the link of species, one can check the complete details. Genus pages generally give details of most of the species found in India.
I request you to pl. go through & point out mistakes, if any. I hope this will aid in identifications in future. If anybody can send images of other species of this genus (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.


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