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)
Hiptage benghalensis
Family: Malphighiaceae
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
Mar. name: Madhavi lata, Haladvel
Photographed at Kanakeshwar, Maharashtra on 6 Mar.2009

Do they grow solitary or are they found in clusters?

nice photos…
…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.

Madhavi Lata:
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:
Flora of Jamwa ramgarh Sanctury, Jaipur, Rajastan-7
Hindi name ID Please
Scientific Name ID Please
Family ID Please
Photo taken 16.3.2011
At- Jamwa ramgarh Sanctury, Jaipur, Rajastan, India
Description woody climber in wild

– 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.
(August- Sep.2011).

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.
This can grow like a huge liana too……


Plant for ID – 06022012sid:
Please id this plant
Location: Sirumali Forest, Dindigul
Date : 6th Feb 2012
Habitat : Semievergreen forest
Habit : Woody climber
Altitute : abt 500 metres

looks like Hiptage benghalensis

Yes Hiptage benghalensis a woody climber.
madhavi lata

Hiptage benghalensis: (3 close-ups of flowers)

Hiptage benghalensis (Family: Malpighiaceae) seen at Ahupe Ghat (Bhimashankar WLS, Maharashtra).
Date/Time: 13-01-2013 / 11:30AM
Habitat: Wild.

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,[1] and 9 cm (4 in) broad; petioles are up to 1 cm long.[5] It has scandent branches up to 5 m (16 ft) high.[1]

Hiptage benghalensis.
Madhavi lata.
Family : Malpighiaceae.
Native. Found in western ghats too.

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  :
Found in Nagala Block, Thane District, Maharashtra.
Habit: Vine like, creeping along slope, maximum height reached about 6-7 feet.
Date: Photo taken on 20 April 2013.
Is it Hiptage benghalensis?

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 benghalensisMadhavi 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.
Small sized tree on NandiBetta hills near Bangalore. Flowering in October. Pls help id. …

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 benghalensis
माधवी लता 


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 ?


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 benghalensis
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.

Hiptage benghalensis

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.
Please ID wild climber,
Location: near Adimali, Idukki, Kerala
Altitude: 1700fsl
Flower date: 12MAR2023, 04.20pm
Habitat: wild moisture rocky sloppy grassland hill, windy
Plant habit: climbing, branches, hard woody cylindrical stem 07cm base diameter, black bark, long lasting
Supporting tree:
Height: 04 meters
Leaves: opposite, elliptic, acute, simple smooth glossy, wavy margins, size:10×6cm
Flower: terminal spike inflorescence, 03 petals, diameter:02cm, white with yellow shade, good fragrance
Fruit: capsule triwinged, green into pink, diameter:05cm, not edible
Seed: brown single, globular, diameter:04mm

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.


Malpighiaceae: Hiptage benghalensis Kurz: 1 image.
location/date: University of Agricultural Sciences campus, Bangalore, July 1997



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