Clematis zeylanica (L.) Poir., Encycl. Suppl. 2: 296 1811. (syn: Atragene zeylanica L. (ambiguous synonym); Naravelia pilulifera var. yunnanensis Y.Fei; Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC.); 
China (S-Yunnan), Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Sikkim, India (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar,
West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra
Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala), Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar
[Burma], Bangladesh
as per Catalogue of Life;
¿ nah-RA-way-lee-uh ? — from narawael, the Singhalese name for Naravelia zeylanica … HAND-BOOK OF THE INDIAN FLORA
zey-LAN-ee-kuh — of or from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) … Dave’s Botanary 

Naravelia zeylanica: A member of Ranunculaceae, Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC.
Photographed on the way to Charmudi, Karnataka, Oct. 2011

Fine capture! This species is of rare occurrence in Uttarakhand and blooms only in rainy season.

Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC :  Attachments (2). 4 posts by 4 authors. 
Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC., Fam: Ranunculaceae
30/11/2011, sulagiri, Krishnagiri DT, Tamil Nadu
wild climber, flowering, 700m altitude

Naravelia zeylanica is a rarely seen species in Uttarakhand and known from few localities. Thank you for showing this species.

This is a good medicinal plant for sinusitis

Good to see the flowers. The plant is prominent mostly in fruiting stage.



S. 24 Parganas : Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (7).


Hooghly-skDec05- Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (6)
My earlier record was from 24-Parganas. This time I see it just 50m away from my front gate! I wondered where are the petals of these flowers as shown in other posts in the group? I found the answer at Lalithamba Ji’s flickr upload.


ANDEC96 Naravelia zeylanica : 7 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (8)
Agumbe, Karnataka
26th December 2014

The morphology of the plant does not resemble to Naravelia zeylanica

It is Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC. It is represented by only one species, it is easy for identification.

Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC. (Ranunculaceae) only.

We have only one species known in India as per Flora of India vol-1.


Agumbe :: Naravelia zeylanica :: DVJAN43 : 3 posts by 2 authors.  
Agumbe Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

Date: 25 DEC 2014 Altitude: about 700 m asl 
Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC. … (family: Ranunculaceae)


I was surprised to see this climber growing very near our house.

The plant seems to be Naravelia zeylanica

I am waiting for the next year so that I can record the same flowers before they shed their petals.





Ranunculaceae Fortnight :: Naravelia zeylanica :: Agumbe :: DVJAN12/82 : 3 posts by 3 authors. 5 images. Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC.
at Agumbe on December 26, 2014  

Naravelia differs from Clematis in having petals+sepals and having its terminal leaflet modified into tendril.



Attached are pictures of Naravelia zeylanica captured at Rajgad in December 2014.
Requested to please validate the ID.

Good post.
How did you IDed it?

Thank you for the appreciation…
I had posted it on the Face book Indian Flora group and … had suggested a tentative ID….. further googling indicated a good likeness.
While posting it here too, I have requested for ID validation….hopefully it is N. zeylanica

I am not doubting the ID. Just trying to find out whether any character is visible in the images for confirmation. Achenes of both look similar to me. Facebook group doesn’t appear to be that serious presently. Often I have seen 50% wrong IDs in the thread. 

I saw this climber for the first time in CKBS, South24Pgs, in December 2013. …
And this is my last upload for this fortnight. We have some more form the family, but distributed in other regions than the central Bengal.

Yes, Didi, ‘Bengal Plants’ lists it, Bengali name as ছাগলবাটি , but if you want to see this vine in CKBS you will have to get down into a ditch out there.

Same question. Any character by which you know that it is Naravelia achene rather than a clematis?

The KEY in ‘Bengal Plants’ goes-
(i) petals 0; petiole not produced as a tendril = Clematis
(ii) petals many; petiole produced as a temdril – Naravelia
Of-course the above KEY is based on the distribution in Greater Bengal, and none of the Clematis species listed in the book can be found in this region of Bengal. I didn’t see the petals, but leaf tendril has been recorded in my earlier post – efi thread. Furthermore, Sir Prain explains, “petiole (in Clematis) sometimes twining but not produced as a tendril.”

Yes but can you make it out here? Just a curiosity……

…, not in this thread certainly, but more pictures of the same individual can be viewed in an earlier thread, please check the 1st and 3rd pictures.

Anmod Ghat NH4A descending from Anmod, Karnataka to Mollem, Goa
Date: 23 APR 2011 Altitude: descends from about 640 m asl to 90 m asl
Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC. (family: Ranunculaceae)






It is my pleasure to share few images of Naravelia zeylanica (Ranunculaceae
Habit: Climber, shrub
Habitat: Moist deciduous forest fringe..
Sighting: Mudigere and Jogikanive, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl.
Date:04-12-2014,10-12-2014,6-01-2015 and 24-01-2015

what an unusual flower. never seen it. new to me. thanks for showing it




TSP-JAN2016-01-01:Images of Naravelia zeylanica (Ranunculaceae) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

It is my pleasure to share more images of Naravelia zeylanica  (Ranunculaceae) with habitat and fruiting pics 

Habit: Climbing Shrub 

Habitat: Semi-evergreen forests 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl. 

Date: 26-11-2015 and 01-01-2016 

I had uploaded it earlier but sans habitat and fruiting images. I got the habitat pics a few days back and those of fruiting yesterday.

Its the fruit thats most interesting at this point, but I always want to see the habit and habitat, you know. so this is lovely
via Species‎ > ‎N‎ > Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC. … family: Ranunculaceae
Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
¿ nah-RA-way-lee-uh ? — from narawael, the Singhalese name for Naravelia zeylanica … HAND-BOOK OF THE INDIAN FLORA
zey-LAN-ee-kuh — of or from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known asCeylon naravelia • Bengaliছাগলবাটি chagalabati • Konkaniनरवेल naravel • Malayalamഎരിവള്ളി erivalliകരുപ്പക്കൊടി karuppakkoti,തലവേദനവള്ളി talavedanavalliപൊഴന്തലച്ചി polantalacciവാതംകൊല്ലി vatankolliവാതക്കൊടി vatakkoti • Marathiनरवेल naravel • Sanskritधनवल्ली dhanavalliकृशानुग krshanuga • Tamilவாதம்கொல்லி vatamkolli 
botanical namesNaravelia zeylanica (L.) DC. … synonymsAtragene zeylanica L. • Clematis zeylanica (L.) Poir. … NPGS / GRIN 
December 26, 2014 … Agumbe 


Bisle Ghat Karnataka
Date: 15 NOV 2016 … Altitude range: ~ 956 – 139 m (3136 – 456 ft) asl
Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC. … (family: Ranunculaceae) 

Nice images of this Ranunculaceae member. Seems common there, though it is rare in Uttarakhand.

Thank you … This plant is common in central and south Western Ghats.


Vythiri  Wayanad
Date: November 13, 2019 … Altitude: about 700 m (2,300 ft) asl  
Naravelia zeylanica  (L.) DC.

Awesome! I also visited Vithiri (Wayanad) for 4 days during October and came across several plants you have posted. This is one among them.  This is an important medicinal plant. Ceylon Clematis” used in Ayurveda. Brief info on its use :

It contains alkaloids, flavonoids, phenolics, terpenoids, etc.The aerial parts of Naravelia zeylanica traditionally used in vitiated vata, pitta, inflammation, skin diseases. Vine is crushed and inhaled to cure headache; fresh stems chewed in toothache; plant paste consumed with Borassus flabellifer for chest pain. Young leaves paste applied on skin diseases and ulcers, and on forehead for cold and headache; roots of Eranthemum palatiferum pounded with leaves of Naravelia zeylanica and applied to treat bone fracture. Crushed roots inhaled to cure cold and fever.
Some n A few names used in karnataka are: balluli hambu, charachara balli, naakchaikani, neendamalli 

so a clematis with green succulent looking petals for a flower and leaves reminiscent of paan, peppers etc. never seen these. thanks … for the case and thanks … for the information.
Went to FOI as it came up on google. lo and behold… the pictures are by … No surprise there… 🙂  …

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