Hiptage benghalensis (L.) Kurz, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 43: 136 136 1874.(syn. Banisteria benghalensis L. (Unresolved); Gaertnera obtusifolia Roxb. (unresolved); Hiptage javanica Blume; Hiptage obtusifolia (Roxb.) DC.; Hiptage parvifolia Wight & Arn.);
Hiptage, Haladvel, vasantduti, chandravalli, madhalata, madhumalati, Helicopter Flower • Hindi: Madhavi lata माधवी लता • Manipuri: মাধবী Madhabi • Kannada: Madhvi • Bengali: মাধবীলতা Madhabilata • Tamil: வசந்தகால மல்லிகை Vasantakaala malligai ;
India: Throughout hotter parts of India in ravines, swampy localities and hill forests up to 1800 m; Myanmar, S.China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka as per BSI Flora of India (For only var. benghalensis)
Hiptage benghalensis – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Common Name : Maadhavi lata, Halad-wel
Date/Time : 05 Mar,2010 9.00 am
Location: Kanakeshwar, Alibag MS
Habit : Shrub
Habitat : Moist Deciduous Forest
Leaves 4-9 in. long; flowers 0.7 – 1 in across; wings of samaras 1.5 in. long.
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Shape : Elliptical or oval, Oblong
Leaf Apex : Acuminate or acaudate
Leaf Base : Acute
Inflorescence: Terminal, Axillary, Corymb
Flower Colour : Pink, White
Flowering Month: October-March
Fruit : Samara, Winged
Madhavi lata – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 6 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (2)
Flowers and seeds of Hiptage benghalensis
Do they grow solitary or are they found in clusters?
…is Hiptage benghalensis Synonyms of Hiptage madablota or they different ?
Also read… cityfarmer …it’s interesting.
Hiptage benghalensis is synonym to H. madoblata, commomnly known as Madhabilata. Sometimes Quisqualis indica, the Rangoon creeper is erroneously called Madhabilata.
We generally call Quisqualis indica as MADHUMALATI.
Happy to share photos of Madhavi Lata whose fragrance has filled our surroundings and hearts.
It is at full bloom at Mumbai Port Trust Central Kitchen Terrace Farm
Botanical name: Hiptage benghalensis
Family: Malpighiaceae (Barbados cherry family)
Flora of Jamwa ramgarh Sanctury,Jaipur,Rajastan-7:
– this woody liana is Hiptage benghalensis (L.) Kurz
The genus name, Hiptage, is derived from the Greek hiptamai, which means “to fly” and refers its unique three-winged fruit known as “samara”. “Benghalensis” is derived from the historic region of Bengal.
You can find local name in Flora of Rajasthan more info can be check in following link.
efloraindia: 200911 BRS32:
Hiptage benghalensis flowering at NBNP garden, Anaikatti, Coimbatore.
I think i know this plant by the name Hiptage madablota…is it a synonym….???
efloraindia: 221011 BRS 77:
Hiptage benghalensis flowering/fruiting at NBNP garden, Anaikatti, Coimbatore.(Oct..2011).
Yes Hiptage benghalensis of Malpighiaceae family.
Yes nice to see the flowers as well as fruits.
Plant for ID – 06022012sid:
looks like Hiptage benghalensis
Yes Hiptage benghalensis a woody climber.
Hiptage benghalensis (Family: Malpighiaceae) seen at Ahupe Ghat (Bhimashankar WLS, Maharashtra).
Lovely! I wanted to see this and was expecting it to be around Matheran or at least Ulhas valley.
Phansad has a good population.
Request Shrub/Tree ID 152 – Lalbagh, bangalore – RA : 8 images showing all parts. 6 posts by 4 authors.
It looks like Hiptage benghalensis (except for the first picture). It is usually a woody climber. Family: Malpighiaceae.
If it is a tree, then it may be a different species of Hiptage.
Thanks …, It looks like it
It looked like a shrub and the branches looked more a climber.
It definetely didn’t look like a tree
Wiki says the following:
H. benghalensis is a stout, high-climbing liana or large shrub, with white or yellowish hairs on the stem. Its leaves are lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate and approximately 20 cm (8 in) long, and 9 cm (4 in) broad; petioles are up to 1 cm long. It has scandent branches up to 5 m (16 ft) high.
This has very interesting fruits(?). They have three wings and if you throw them up in the air, they fall spiraling. My little cousin calls them helicopter seeds 🙂
FOR IDENTIFICATION : 1 image. 5 posts by 4 authors.
I think these are Hiptage Benghalensis fruits. We do some green connect programs with kids and this is a great hit with them! If you throw the seeds into the air, they come twirling down. They call it ‘helicopter fruits’ 🙂
It has quite lovely white and yellow flowers. It’s a woody climbing shrub.
Yes Hiptage benghalensis. Madhavi Lata माधवी लता
Yes for sure Hiptage benghalensis. Madhavi Lata माधवी लता. Malpigiaceae
Help in Id P1250660/1/4 :
Yes, the foliage just looks like to be Hiptage benhghalensis…wait for flowers to be sure..
Hiptage benghalensis from Wild:: NS June 16 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).
Though this woody climber is occasionally planted in gardens,
I am sharing the pics recorded from wild- in Chakrata area..
Hiptage beghalensis– The “Madhumalti“
We called it Madhubi as the Poet R. Thakur mention his poem
Hiptage benghalensis – Madhavi lata, the plant is referred by Kavi Kali Dass of Medieval India
For ID help – Tree from Nandi Betta , Bangalore : 5 posts by 3 authors. 3 images.
These are most likely flowers of a climber on the tree. Hiptage benghalensis.
Please see flowersofindia.
yes most likely, the flowers are unique. Thanks for the id.
Hiptage species : 2 posts by 2 authors.
looking for Hiptage species (excluding H benghalensis). Can anyone help from where I can get this plant.
Thanks, …, We have only Hiptage benghalensis so far in efi. What are the other species found in India ?
Hiptage benghalensis (Malpighiaceae) from Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra… : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6)
Here am attaching some aspects of highly fragrant climber Hiptage benghalensis that belongs to the family Malpighiaceae. Images were taken from Kurukshetra University in March 2019…!!!
Hiptage benghalensis AT/May 2019/04 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)- 1 Mb.
Hiptage, Helicopter Flower
Hindi name: Madhavi lata
SK 2934 02 August 2021: 1 very high res. image.
Location: Far West, Nepal
Altitude: 245 m.
Date: June 2021
Habit : Wild
Sorry Only one image!
Look like Caesalpiniaceae member.
If you are talking about the climber with flowers …, it must be Hiptage benghalensis..
Thank you … for correct ID ! Hiptage benghalensis (L.) Kurz !!
Yes, …, it’s Hiptage benghalensis
Kolkata, December 2021 :: Tree for ID :: ARK2022-044: 1 high res. image.
This was clicked at the AJBC Gardens Kolkata, WB in December 2021.
This is the lone pic I have.
Is it enough to ID.
I think it is very difficult to id.
Even I thought so.
You are a genius. Yes, maybe Hiptage benghalensis as per images herein.
… is fantastic. I too was not expecting an ID for this post. He has helped me with so many other IDs as well
430 ID wild climber: 20 high res. images.
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x
Seems to be Hiptage benghalensis (L.) Kurz
Yes, indeed !
I too with … for ID.
Yes it is Hiptage benghalensis, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant
Yes, as per images at
Hiptage benghalensis (L.) Kurz :: Waghoba Khind, Palghar :: Feb 26, 2023 · JUN23 DV377: 3 images.
Hiptage benghalensis (L.) Kurz
Waghoba Khind, Palghar :: Feb 26, 2023 · 4:26 PM IST :: about 60 m – 105 m (200 ft – 350 ft) asl
Many thanks to Radha Veach and Shiwalee Samant for validating the ID at iNaturalist.