Crescentia alata Kunth (Images by B. Rathinasabapathy (id by J.M.Garg), tspkumar (Id by Shrikant Ingalhalikar), Shrikant Ingalhalikar, Naresh Pancholi, Jayesh Patil & V. Tejal (id by Barry Stock) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))






Crescentia cujete L. (Images by Ushadi & Bimal Sarkar (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links))



In India, the genus Crescentia L. is represented by two introduced species viz., C. alata Kunth and C. cujete L. These species are planted in many states of India due to their ornamental values.
Key to the Species

a) Leaves trifoliolate; petioles prominently winged; flowers maroon red; fruits globose or pyriform…………………….1. C. alata
b) Leaves simple, undivided; petioles not winged; flowers whitish green; fruits ovoid……………………………………….2. C. cujete

List of species in India

1. Crescentia alata Kunth
Crescentia trifolia Blanco; Parmentiera alata (Kunth) Miers
Distribution: Global: Native to Tropical America and Mexico. In India (cultivated/planted): Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
2. Crescentia cujete L.
Global: Native to Tropical America. In India (cultivated/planted): Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Madhukar V, Srivastava S, Dubey N (2013) Revision of Genus Crescentia L. (Bignoniaceae) in India. American Journal of Plant Sciences 4(6): 1164-1168. [Full text].

Other sources:
I have added pages for … and Crescentia, in our eFI site.

Thanks a lot, …, It now appears that efloraofindia is truely in the making.
I have shifted the material to the original pages on … &  Crescentia 


Pl. go through Crescentia page (Bignoniaceae) with images of species in efloraofindia (done by me).

If you find any mis-identification, pl. let us know.

If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), it will be really nice. Also, if anybody is interested to take up the activity of inserting images on efloraofindia pages from efloraofindia posts, pl. let us know.


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