false sarsaparilla, Indian sarsaparilla • Assamese: anantamul • Bengali: অনন্তমূল anantamul • Gujarati: અનંતમૂળ anantamul, ઉપલસારી upalsaari • Hindi: अनंतमूल anantamul, सूगंदीपाला sugandi pala • Kannada: ಅನಮ್ತಮೂಲ anamtamula • Konkani: uparsal • Malayalam: നന്നാറി  nannaari • Manipuri: অনংতমূল anantamul • Marathi: अनंतवेल anantavel, उपळसरी upalsari • Oriya: suguddimalo • Persian: عشبه ‘ushba • Sanskrit: अनन्तमूलः anantamulah, बल्यम् balyam, शारिवा shariva • Tamil: நன்னாரி nannari • Telugu: సుగంధి sugandhi • Urdu: سالسا salsa;

Flora of Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, Chintala Prabhakar, B. Ravi Prasad Rao (1998- Description & Keys- Hemidesmus indicus var. pubescens & Hemidesmus indicus var. indicus)
Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India  By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah  (2004- Description & Keys- Hemidesmus indicus var. pubescens & Hemidesmus indicus var. indicus)

Hemidesmus indicus:
Today at Alibag , Maharashtra
Hemidesmus indicus
Marathi Name: Anantvel


Tylophora species for ID SMP 13/05/2011:
Was checking my old collection. This erect climber was spotted in Paud pirangut area near Pune growing wild.

in Dec 2005
From what I remember the flower size is less than a cm.
Initially I thought it to be Tylophora indica Syn T. asthmatica.
Some features do differ though……………..
The flower is completely chocolate brown unlike most flower pictures posted on the group of T.indica which are greenish white at the periphery.
The leaves are lanceolate with a small petiole here unlike those seen in most pictures ofT.indica.
Can it be Tylophora fasciculata ?

This is Hemidesmus indicus.

Flora of Kaiga_ID_Plz_13072011 PJ3:
Date/Time-: 12/07/11   –    15:00
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-   wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Climber
Height/Length – 2m

Hemidesmus indicus flowering:
Photographed at my farm at Shahapur last weekend.

Flora Uttarakhand 29052012 01:
Sending photos for possible identification
Location-Place, Altitude, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, 415 mts
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Climber
Leaves Type/Shape/ Size- As in photo
Flowers Size/Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- Not seen
Fruits Type/Shape/ Size Seeds-Not seen

Its Hemidesmus indicus

Yes,  “AnantmoolHemidesmus indicus…

Pls also check this link: efi thread

Yes Hemidesmus. Leaves are very variable in this plant.



Flora of Madhya Pradesh: Hemidesmus indicus from Forest area near Sher River Narsinghpur (MP):

Hemidesmus indicus from Forest area near Sher River Narsinghpur (MP)
An important medicinal vine


Climber for ID : MNP,Mumbai : 130812 : AK-2:
A climber with very tiny flowers seen at MNP, Mumbai on 12/8/12.
Flowers less than a cm.
Id please.

It is the broad-leaved form of Hemidesmus indicus var. indicus.

Hemidesmus indicus
Family: Apocynaceae. Earlier Asclepiadaceae/Periploaceae.
Spotted on Hanuman Tekdi. Pune
I think this is the broad leaved variety earler suggested by …


identification of aplant:
while studying the plants from nandgaon i came across a plant which to my opinion and the description given in the flora of nasik dist by laxminarsimhan and b d sharma is Oianthus deccanenesis the photo of the plant in question is sent as attachement please give your expert opinion

The attachment was too big…please redue it next time and onwards…this is Hemidesmus indicus(family Apocynaceae)


Indian Sarsaparilla MN201012:
Hemidesmus indicus(Indian Sarsaparilla)

The roots are used in Sherbat which is a coolant
Place : Yeoor, Thane
Date : 20.10.12

three varietes of Hemidesmus :  1 correct image. 2 posts by 2 authors.
I wish to share the 3 varieties of Hemedsmus indicus-yellow flowered;
Hemidesmus pubescens 2 varieties at E.ghats.
the yellow centered variety- leaves and flower are smaller than complete maroon variety 

Hemidesmus indicus – seed dispersal : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5).
Photographed on my property at Shahapur last Sunday (6.4.14). Though Anantmul is fairly prevalent, this was the first time I was seeing the follicles. Sending a few photographs.
My photographs of it flowering are available at this link


Requesting to please validate the ID of this climber captured in Shilondha, SGNP, Mumbai in June 2014.
Is this Hemidesmus indicus?

Yes, Hemidesmus indicus

Hemidesmus indicus.
Apocynaceae earlier Asclepiadaceae
अनंत मूळ


Hemidesmus indicus from Trivandrum, Kerala: 130714: SS Jul 1 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10).

Some pictures of Hemidesmus indicus,  Indian sarsaparilla. Growing wild.
From Trivandrum district, Kerala. Pictures taken on 23, 25 Nov 2012.

Very nice pictures.

On the way to chinchoto water fall– April’09?; At sagargad, Alibag 14 Nov, 2009; on 20th Sept 2009 at Kanheri trail — SGNP — Mumbai; near Taleagon – Maharashtra on 25th August 2010; Lion’s Point near Lonavala, Yeoor Hills;
HI Id please This small herb : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
seen this small herb in high altitude grassland near Igatpuri nashik On 2013 August

This is Anantmul [Hemidesmus indicus]. Some of my photographs of this are available at this link

Wild Climber for ID : Lonavala : 03JUL19 : AK-8 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Wild climber seen in Karla, Lonavala on 19th June.
Could be Hemidesmus indicus?

yes, sir, am also agree with H. indicus.

Hemidesmus indicus—for sharing : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (2) – 3 mb and 215 kb.
photo taken at Aambyvalley Rd., Off Lonavala, Pune in Jan.19


18 Identify weed plant : 4 images.

Please identify the weed plant.
Name of plant:
Location:  near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, Kerala PIN:686671
Date:.               22.11.2020, 11.55am
Altitude:           1700fsl
Habitat:            wild moisture
Plant habit:      climbing annual/perinnial
Height:             03 meters
Leaves shape: oval long apex weak stem
Flower:             diameter:08mm, yellow non fragrant.

Secamone emetica ??

Awesome photographs.
For me the ID suggested by … is correct.
I have seen this plant in Kerala.

Hemidesmus indicus only

You hit the bull’s eye …!


Delicate Climber for ID : Nasik : 30NOV20 : AK-37 : 2 images.
It was growing wild.
Could it be Hemidesmus indicus?



MS/ID/JAN/2021/2 – ID of the plant: 2 images.

Please ID the plant photographed at a scrub jungle near Thiruporur, Tamil Nadu.
Looks like a species of HemidesmusH.indicus ???


You’re right …


ID help: climber with milky latex, opp. leaves: 2 images.
Bhopal; Black soil; 17/11/2021

Hemidesmus indicus (L.) R.Br. ?? Habitat image?

Yes, …


SK 3306 09 January 2022: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Latha Bhanjyang, Kathmandu
Altitude: 2000 m.
Date: 14 December 2021
Habit : Wild
Hemidesmus indicus (L.) R.Br. ??

For me the ID is correct. Very useful medicinal herb: Sarasa parilla


Creeper Chitrakoot:
Need I’d of this creeper
July 22
Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh.

Please check Apocynaceae. May be Tylophora wallichii?

Also check https://efloraofindia.com/2011/04/04/tylophora/

Isn’t it Hemidemus sp.

Yes, appears close to images at


Regarding Identification of the sp. Koraput Odisha: 7 images.

Apocynaceae !

Gymnema sp.

I could not find any match with Gymnema species.
It appears close to images at


Hemidesmus indicus (L.) R.Br. :: Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Apr 2, 2010 · 12:27 PM IST: 2 images.
Hemidesmus indicus (L.) R.Br.

Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Apr 2, 2010 · 12:27 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
Please note there is a mix of plants in this observation; prominently Salvadora persica L. – whose leaves and reddish-pink globose drupes can be seen.


MS/2023/140- ID of the plant Hemidesmus sps.: 1 image.
Kindly Id the plant photographed in Chennai outskirts and sent to me.