¿ JIM-nee-muh ? — Greek: gymnos (naked), nema (thread), referring to thread-like stamens … Wikipedia
sil-VESS-tree — of the woods, growing wild … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known as: periploca of the woods, small Indian ipecacuanhaBengali: মেষশৃঙ্গ meshashrungaGujarati: ગુડમાર gudmar, મધુનાશિની madhunashiniHindi: गुड़मार gurmarKannada: ಮಧುನಾಶಿನಿ madhunashiniKonkani: कौळी kawliMalayalam: ചക്കരക്കൊല്ലി cakkarakkolliMarathi: बेडकीचा पाला bedakicha pala, गुडमार gudmarOriya: ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀ lakshmi, ମେଣ୍ଢା ଶିଙ୍ଗିଆ mendhasingia, ନାଗପୁଷ୍ପୀ nagapushpiSanskrit: अजशृङ्गी ajasrngi, मधुनाशिनी madhunashiniTamil: சிறுகுறிஞ்சா cirukurinca, கோகிலம் kokilamTelugu: పొడపత్రి podapatriTibetan: sa si nga, sa sri ngi



Ethno-pharmacology and Ethno botany, Yarrow and other Indian herbs: As you describe the tongue numbing effects of Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium ) i am reminded of another common Indian herb called Gurmar (Gymnema Sylvestre) whose tongue numbing effects i have myself had the occasion to taste and interestingly both these have been purportedly utilized as anti-diabetics although i am not sure if there is any hard ethno-pharmacological evidence to suggest any effect of benefit.
I am copying this to my friend … with an interest in ethno pharmacology for his inputs.



Request for ID : 250511 : AK-2: Taken on the 16th of April, 2009 at Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Yes, this is Gymnema sylvestre.
Tamil names: Siru kurinjaa  சிறு குறிஞ்சா, Sarkkaraikkolli சர்க்கரைக்கொல்லி.

yes it is called as bedkicha pala in marathi or madhunashini in sanskrit and best medicine on diabetes.
plant is propagated through cutting





Flora of Haryana: 01102011-BS-1 vine for id from TDL Herbal Park Yamunanagar: sharing pics of a cultivated vine from TDL Herbal Park Yamunanagar for id
Flowers 0.5 cm in size in axillary cymes about 5-15 in each in oppositely arranged groups. leaves opposite and ovate

Yes Gymnema sylvestre, commonly called Gurmar.




Flora of Haryana: Marsdenia sylvestris (Retz.) P.I.Forst. from CCSHAU Herbal Garden Hisar:   Marsdenia sylvestris (Retz.) P.I.Forst. from CCSHAU Herbal Garden Hisar

Family: Apocynaceae
Pls validate

flowers remind me of Gurmar, is it? an important ayurvedic herb…

Yes This is Gurmar Buti




Flora of Madhya Pradesh: 03022012BS-2 Asclepiadaceae twinner from Maihar MP:

Asclepiadaceae twinner from Maihar MP
Only fruits seen no flowers there. This plant was found twining around Acacia sp plants
pls id

This is Gymnema sylvestre

I was also thinking about Gur mar Buti

Yes …, you are right!
The leaves are used for the treatment of diabetes, I think.

Yes Sir you are right

The leaves are used in Ayurveda. Confirmation test for Gymnema sylvestre: Chew a few leaves and after a minute put sugar in your mouth. It does not taste sweet!



ANAUG49 Please confirm if Gymnema sylvestre : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Farmlands adjoining Bannerghatta National Park
August 2014

Aesclepiadaceae member. 

Yes, Gymnema sylvestre.


Images by tspkumar




TSPNOV2015-78-121: Images of Gymnema sylvestre (Apocynaceae) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Gymnema sylvestre  (Apocyanaceae 

Habit: Climbing shrub 

Habitat: Wild, Dry deciduous scrub 

Sighting: Devarayanadurga, Tumkur, Karnataka, about 800 msl

29-06-2014, 23-02-2015, 05-03-2015 and 24-08-2015 

yes. very nice. here we see it only in herbal gardens for demonstration purposes



via Species‎ > ‎G‎ > Gymnema sylvestre (Retz.) R.Br. ex Sm. … family: Apocynaceae ~ Asclepiadaceae
Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
¿ JIM-nee-muh ? — Greek: gymnos (naked), nema (thread), referring to thread-like stamens … Wikipedia
sil-VESS-tree — of the woods, growing wild … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known asperiploca of the woodssmall Indian ipecacuanha • Bengaliমেষশৃঙ্গ meshashrunga • Gujaratiગુડમાર gudmarમધુનાશિની madhunashini • Hindiगुड़मार gurmar • Kannadaಮಧುನಾಶಿನಿ madhunashini • Konkaniकौळी kawli • Malayalamചക്കരക്കൊല്ലി cakkarakkolli • Marathiबेडकीचा पाला bedakicha palaगुडमार gudmar •Oriyaଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀ lakshmiମେଣ୍ଢା ଶିଙ୍ଗିଆ mendhasingiaନାଗପୁଷ୍ପୀ nagapushpi • Sanskritमधुनाशिनी madhunashini • Tamilசிறுகுறிஞ்சா cirukurincaகோகிலம் kokilam • Telugu:పొడపత్రి podapatri • Tibetansa si ngasa sri ngi 
botanical namesGymnema sylvestre (Retz.) R.Br. ex Sm. … synonymsAsclepias geminata Roxb. • Periploca sylvestris Retz. … more … The Plants List (2013). Ver. 1.1. 

Wonderful compilation, …



Gymnema Sylvestre : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Gymnema Sylvestre.
I eated the leaves which were very bitter and could not able to feel sweetness even after having mouthful of white sugar.
சிறு குறிஞ்சான்(Siru kurinjan) in Tamil



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