Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn., Bot. Beechey Voy. 308 1838. (Syn: Antigonon cinerascens M.Martens & Galeotti; Antigonon cordatum M.Martens & Galeotti; Antigonon platypus Hook. & Arn.; Corculum leptopus Stuntz; Polygonum cirrhosum Moc. & Sessé ex Meisn. (Unresolved));

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Anantalata, Icecream flowers, Coral vine, Honolulu creeper, Mexican creeper, Bride’s tears, Chain-of-love, Hearts on a chain, Love-vine • Tamil: கொடி ரோஜா Kodi rose • Bengali: অনংতলতা Anantalata;

Tuberous rooted woody climber with alternate ovate-cordate to triangular up to 8 cm long leaves; flowers rose-pink, in a racemes ending in a tendril; perianth 5, stamens 8; nut trigonous, 5 mm long, enclosed in papery perianth.

efloraindia: 220911 BRS 40:
Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id.
Date/Time-Location- July 2011, Thadagm Road side.
Place, Altitude, GPS- Anaikatti, Coimbatore Dist.
Habitat- Urban
Type-Plant Habit-  Climber

Flowers Size/ Colour- pink.

Yes Antigonon leptopus from Polygonaceae
the plant is known to have caducous ochreate stipule

Difficult to have local names as it is an introduced ornamental, unless some one has coined some local name.

Sonchampa, Pivla champa, Kud champa in marathi

Thank you … for trying to help with the Marathi name but I think these names are of Chapha flowers Michelia champaca of Magnoliaceae

Yes I don’t think the names suggested by … should fit this plant
Son champa is Mar. name for Michelia acuminata
Pivala champa and kud champa  are Mar. name for Michelia champaca, also pilo champo and rae champo in Guj.

… is absolutely right….
Champa is a name reserved for  usually fragrant flowers in any Indian vernacular…
Where as, this (Antigonon)  is 1cm or less small NON_FRAGRANT flower… on a vine… its called coral vine in English… native of mexico  was brought in to India / Bengal during the same time as when the original botanical garden was started in Calcutta… via Bermuda and /or Jamaica…  where its tea is drunk as original NSAID . and underground tubers were eaten in times of famine…
I have not found a traditional name here, although I must say we in Bengal are very fond and efficient at adapting  a plant/ flower we like and giving it romantic name/s… such as Krishnachura for another import of recent century… Delonix regia..


Attaching this beautiful wild climber collected by my colleague, …, yesterday.

Species : Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn.

Bengali name : ANANTA LATA

Habit & Habitat : wild climber, rural roadside

Date : 23/03/2012, 11.10 a.m.

Place : Hooghly (WB)

ID help :

Uploading another shot, recorded this morning, directly from the group’s site.

Antigonon leptopus from Jaipur:
Antigonon leptopus from a private garden @ Jaipur. Dated- 07.11.11
Common name-Coral Vine , Family- Polygonaceae

am so glad to see it thriving…
for some reasons … the Antigonon leptopus populations in West Bengal have dwindled , almost not seen any vine that’s thriving… a few are struggling… haven’t seen any that have fruits/seeds on them..

The climber grows wild in Chennai in pink / white coloured flowers.
One can see this climber, during this season, everywhere.

I have tried this to grow from stem cuttings and tubersin my college, can anybody give idea how to propagate this vine

… by seeds is the best way..
I had collected seeds from a friends’ garden fence in 1993 in central florida, and let them dry, stored them in red topped sterile test tubes with airtight stoppers at RT …. and in 1996 or 1997 spring planted them… in 1998 summer had a thriving flowering vine in my 6-8 gallon soilless potting mix pot in my balcony, over-wintered inside (it snows where I was) … after flowering though it died in the pot, and I wanted to reuse the pot and to my surprise found tubers… I cut open the tubers to photograph… so cant tell you if they would grow or not… BUT from what I read… tubers are used for famine food in its native central and south america and the tubers sprout to give new vines in case of forest fires… they survive deep inside the soil when every thing else chars… so may be they need heated soil, or very alkaline soil (from the ashes of the vines and other plants) to re-sprout…. or some bacteria or fungi that overtake the burnt forest soil after the fire may release some growth factors….

I wonder if anybody has tested soil for such factors after a forest fire where antigonon grows ??
SEEDS are the best way…. if they are from a thriving vine like this one that … has…
otherwise… semi woody stems and rooting hormone had worked for some
other vines for me… but I have not tried that in India…

… forgot to tell you I had saved one tuber and planted it…next spring..but did not grow…
my garden club friends had thought that perhaps it was not old / large enough…with only one growing season, that too growing in balcony in a pot may not have stored enough energy to re-sprout…


131211 BRS268:
Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.Location: INS AGRANI Road, Redfileds, Coimbatore

Date: 13.12.2011
Habitat: Urban, Road side.
Habit: Climber.

Antigonon leptopus : Family Polygonaceae

Antigonon leptopus. A very very common climber (wild) in Chennai, though this is cultivated. On e can see the white variety also.


Attaching an image of a Bumble Bee on the flowers of Antigonon leptopus.


yes … nice photographs


Begonia for ID – 181211 – AR – 03:

Date/Time- 21-Nov-2011 6:53 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Thrissur, Kerala
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild on roadside
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb
Height/Length- Not sure (too many plants growing thickly together)
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Light green, glossy, elongated heart shape, many veined
Inflorescence Type/ Size- Multiple pink flowers on each reddish brown stalk
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- Striking pink flowers, five petalled with lower petal larger than others

I imagine why you are calling this Begonia.
This looks to me like Antigonon leptopus.

Yes, I guess it is Antigonon leptopusCoral Vine. Though I had seen it earlier in other places, the flowers were never fully open like in this case. Thanks to … for the ID and to …  for their persistence

SYMBIOSIS :448 :  Attachments (1).  1 post by 1 author.
Attaching an image of a Gram Blue butterfly on the flowers of Antigonon leptopus.

SYMBIOSIS : 451 :  Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Attaching an image of a Blank Swift butterfly on the flowers of Antigonon leptopus.

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Attaching an image of Rice swift butterfly on the flowers of Antigonon leptopus.


antegonon : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).

Polygonaceae Fortnight: Antigonon leptopus from Nagpur-PKA1 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1).
Woody climber from Nagpur.
Bot. name: Antigonon leptopus
Family: Polygonaceae
Common names: Coral Vine

Very beautiful picture …,  depicting many features in a single click..

Polygonaceae Fortnight: Antigonon leptopus from Delhi-GSMAY05 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5).
Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn.
Common names: chain-of-love, Confederate-vine, coralvine, Mexican-creeper, mountain-rose coralvine, queen’s jewels 
Tuberous rooted woody climber with alternate ovate-cordate to triangular up to 8 cm long leaves; flowers rose-pink, in a racemes ending in a tendril; perianth 5, stamens 8; nut trigonous, 5 mm long, enclosed in papery perianth.
Photographed from Delhi

Very beautiful pictures!! Thanks for sharing Sir!


For ID : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).

Antigonon sp.

Thanks, …, If Antigonon, than it should be Antigonon leptopus.

polygonaceae fortnight :  1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).

Polygonaceae Fortnight- Antigonon leptopus:: NS May 02 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).
This is a common ornamental twiner, I am sharing pics from various locations..
Antigonon leptopus

Antigonon leptopus from Pune
Ice cream creeper

I always wait for your pics.. thanks … for sharing nice click..

Antigonon leptopus
Coral vine
Panjim, Goa     
September 2009


Polygonaceae Fortnight :: Antigonon leptopus from Mumbai :: ARKMAY-01 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5).
Attached are pictures of Antigonon leptopus from a private compound in Mumbai captured in August 2012.

Yes … Nice potographs

Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn. is a common ornamental climber in Pantnagar. At places it has run wild also.

An ornamental climber with pink flowers


Polygonaceae Fortnight : 1 – 14 May 2014 : Antigonon leptopus ‘Alba’ : Mumbai : 140514 : AK-16 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
White Coral Vine seen at Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.

Wow! Beautiful!! I am yet to see this plant.

Polygonaceae Fortnight : 1 – 14 May 2014 : Antigonon leptopus ‘Alba’ : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 150514 : AK-21 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
White Coral Vine from Lalbagh, Bangalore.

Thanks … for this colour of Antigonon..


Wanted – Name of these flowers : 2 posts by 2 authors. 1 image.

Antigonon leptopus

SYMBIOSIS : 809 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching an image of Honey-bee visiting flowers of Antigonon leptopus (CORAL CREEPER).

Images by tspkumar 


TSP-MAY2016-22-351:Images of Antigonon leptopus (Polygonaceae) : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

It is my pleasure to present few images of Antigonon leptopus (Polygonaceae 

Habit: A woody climber 

Habitat: Wild, possibly an escape, by a roadside 

Sighting: Tumkur, Karnataka, about 800 msl 

Date: 20-04-2014 and 08-07-2014

Thanks, …, for these pictures.

very nice. most of these in kolkata gardens died of some virus spreading. we do find them in remote villages and one in by the dhakuria lakes in a private garden. they used to be everywhere 2 or decades ago. my question
did you see any seed pods? any seeds you could collect?

I frequently see this particular specimen every week on my way home every weekend. I did not verify about fruiting. Now that you have asked I will try to get down and observe. Will update you.

in west bengal villages where i has seen some sprawling on the grounds making small mounds. i had been warned not to disturb them since SNAKES are known to hide there. so be careful. distrub themn not and carry a stick to look or better still donrt do it at all.
its not that important. i mean it. Be well. I look for seeds  on these only when they are on the wall or hedges now a days. again be careful

Thanks … for your concern and info as well. As you said this particular creeper was sprawling and spreading, visited by a lot of honey bees even at noon. I will be careful henceforth.


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Location: 12 Mile, Kalimpong, India
Date: 23 May  2017
Altitude: 4000 ft.

Antigonon leptopus

Thank you … Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn.


Fwd: MNPS3 – Climber for id : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
Date- 27/2/18

Location – Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai
Habit- Climber
Flower- Pinkish

Antigonon leptopus

The ID is correct. The plant is common in Mysore and grows wild as well.


Flora of Panipat: Antigonon leptopus from Paras Nursery Panipat:
Antigonon leptopus from Paras Nursery Panipat
Cultivated vine grown for its pink beautiful flowers

I would like seeds of this plant… something has happened to these plants in Calcutta… I cant find them … there used to be a profusion near the court house in alipore, in my parents neighborhood, and most ballygunj homes has some… along with quis qualis… .. and Tollygunje tram depot was over run with them… but now I cant find them anywhere….   I want some seeds for my balcony 5 or six seeds would do… if your nursery man would not mind… can you ask?

Since last two year every 3rd or 4th day i am visiting Paras nursery for seeds of Antigonon and passiflora . I got some seeds last year but they did not germinated. This vine is again in flowering stage and i am waiting for
seeds to ripen. Surely will collect seeds for me and you also. However this year i could get 10 plants of passiflora from cuttings and two of antigonon  from cuttings. And i found passiflora to propagate by cuttings very easily.
But Antigonon very difficult.

Be careful about Antigonon leptopus.
Once it starts spreading it is difficult to control. It can occupy the whole area growing gregariously and rob all the nutrients.

and this is…? : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
again on the road of Chettinad (Tamil Nadu) in january 2019.

Antigonon leptopus..


yes. a famine food too besides beauty


230120EPT54 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
presenting for ID
Location : Chennai outskirts
Date : 16.01.2020
Elevation : 35 mts
Habitat : Road side bush.
Habit : Climber on bushy vegetation.

Antigonon leptopus white

Antigonon guatimalense :
Antigonon guatimalense Meisn. seems to be cultivated in India as per Floriculture in India By Gurcharan Singh Randhawa, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay (1986) which also gives differences from Antigonon leptopus.
It states that flowers of Antigonon guatimalense Meisn. are more numerous & leaves are broader than those of  Antigonon leptopus. It also states that its flowers are rose coloured & appear to be double.
I hope we are not taking both species as Antigonon leptopus.

Antigonon leptopus 


Thanks …, a lot, didn’t know. Illustrations/images are easier to understand though! Recently recorded one!
The question is when India began to import and cultivate the “guatemalense” and have it ever naturalized here? The antigonon I have recorded ever comes from waste-place or beside rail-tracks.

My post on Symbiosis is of Antigonon leptopus.

As per Flora of Guatemala, the outer sepals of Antigonon guatimalense Meisn. should be broadly ovate and not cordate at the base. Further the leaf base should be abruptly decurrent at the base upon the petiole. The type specimen of A. guatimalense Meisn. can be seen here ( for confirmation. Hence to me the posted picture appears as Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn. only. Experts may comment.

Thanks, …, Is Antigonon guatimalen​se cultivated or found in wild in India ?

I am still searching for an authentic herbarium sheet/reference that could tell about the existence of A. guatimalense in India.
These books mention the presence of A. insigne in India but without any information of voucher specimens. 
Hoping to get information from some eflora members.


SYMBIOSIS : 1494: 1 image.
Attaching a collage of Carpenter Bee visiting flowers of Antigonon.


SYMBIOSIS : 1495: 1 image.
Attaching a collage of Blank Swift visiting flowers of Antigonon.


SYMBIOSIS : 1496: 1 image.
Attaching a collage of Hornet, visiting flowers of Antigonon.


Polygonaceae: Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn.: 1 image.

synonyms: Antigonon cinerascens M.Martens & Galeotti
location/date: University of Agricultural Sciences campus, Bangalore, July 1997