Caralluma adscendens (Roxb.) R.Br., Mem. Wern. Nat. Hist. Soc. 1: 25 1809. (Syn: Boucerosia adscendens (Roxb.) Wall.);
Marathi– “Makadshingi”;

Others Irula : Ekkae chedi
Tamil Kallimulaiyan, Muyal kombu chedi
Habit: A small succulent herb, upto 70cm
Flower- Solitary or terminal racemes; brown to dark purple. Flowering November-March.
Fruit- An oblong-linear follicle, apically beaked; seeds oblong-obovate, with brownish coma. Fruiting December onwards.
Field tips- Branchlets obtusely angled, tapering at apex, latex watery.
Found on bare slopes and stony grounds from plains to 600m. Not common. Peninsular India.


… snapped Caraluma adscandens near Bawdhan Wai.
here is it’s flower at my house.

Great flowers, and greater snaps. Thanks … Never thought would get flowers so soon.

woww, thats too good, I thought it looks like Frerea indica!!! But … is right!!!!

ID Request-310810-PKA2 : Attachments (3 + 2). 12 posts by 8 authors.

Came across this small herb at the top of Bhawdan Hill near Wai (Mahabaleshwar region).
Date/Time: 28-08-2010 / 07:45AM
Location: Bhawdan Hill, Wai region
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Herb

is this not aloe vera?

rather a cactus

This is Deccan Caralluma [Caralluma adscendens]. Will send you some of my photographs.

Photographed at my farm. Will send photographs of the flowers later.

The Irula peoples from the Pillur Ghats, Coimbatore district eat the young stems. I also tasted many time.

I think I have seen them somewhere being sold in the market.

The aerial parts of both young and mature plants can be eaten, but younger plants are preferred. Older plants have medicinal properties and, I believe, are used for the treatment of Herpes.

You have seen it and also snapped it`s flower.

In Marathi it is called as “Makadshingi” & is used as vegetable in time of scarcity

Images by tspkumar


TSP24OCT2015-2:Caraluma sp (Apocynaceae) for ID assistance : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4)

Submitting few images of a Caralluma sp (Apocynaceae) for ID assistance….Could it be Caralluma adscendens …?? 

Habit: Perennial herb. 

Habitat: Xerophytic, Scrub forest..

Sighting: Chakanakatte, Arasikere, Hassan, Karnataka about 900 msl 


another weird and wonderful flower. caralluma

efi pages on

Your photographs are Caralluma adscendens var. attenuata only. It is not var fimbriata.

Corolla lobes 5, glabrous; hence Caralluma adscendens var. adscendens.

The flower looks like Caralluma adscendens var adscendens. Please share the picture of complete plane and also share the height of the plant.


Apocynaceae: Ceropegia adscendens: 1 image.
synonyms: Caralluma adscendens (Roxb.) Haw., Caralluma subulata (Forssk.) Decne.
location/date: Tumkur Distr., Karnataka, July 1997




The Plant List  India Biodiversity Portal  Flora of Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India (2000- Description) 

Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Asclepiadaceae, Volume 4 edited by Focke Albers, Ulrich Meve (2002- Description & other species & varieties of Caralluma

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