Oxystelma esculentum (L. f.) Sm., Cycl. 25: (unnumbered) 1813. (Syn.: Asclepias rosea Roxb.; Marsdenia brockmaniana W. Fitzg.; Oxystelma alpini Decne. (ambiguous synonym); Oxystelma esculentum (L. f.) R. Br. ex Schult.; Oxystelma esculentum (L. fil.) Smith; Oxystelma secamone (L.) Karst.; Oxystelma secamone (L.) Schum.; Oxystelma zippelianum Bl.; Periploca esculenta L. fil.; Periploca secamone L. (ambiguous synonym); Sarcostemma esculentum (L. fil.) R. W. Holm; Sarcostemma secamone (L.) Bennet; Secamone aegyptiaca Ait.);
Australia (N-Western Australia: Kimberley, Northern Territory), Ethiopia, Chad, Sudan, Tanzania, China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan), Bangladesh, Cambodia, India (widespread), Indonesia, Laos, peninsular Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan (Karachi, Sind, Baluchistan, N.W.Frontier Prov., Peshawar, Swat, Pakistani Punjab), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Java, Egypt (Great Southwestern Desert, Nile Delta, Nile Valley, SE-Egypt), Iraq (SE-Iraq: Mesopotamia), Israel (Rift Valley), Saudi Arabia (Hejaz, Asir), Sinai peninsula (N-Sinai, S-Sinai), Myanmar [Burma]
(Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magway, Mandalay) as per Catalogue of life;
oks-see-STEL-ma — Greek: oxys (sharp); stelma (girdle); in reference to the sharp segments of the corona … Dave’s Botanary
es-kew-LEN-tum — edible … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: needle-leaved swallow-wort, rosy milkweed vine • Assamese: বেঙেনা বুলিয়া লতা bengena bulia lota, গংগামালা Gongamala • Bengali: দুধী dudhi, দুধিয়ালতা dudhiyalata, ক্ষীরাই kshirai • Gujarati: જલડોડી jaldodi, જલદુધી jaldudhi, નારોટ narot • Hindi: दूधी dudhi, दुग्धिका dugdhika, दूधिया लता dudhiya lata • Kannada: ದುಗ್ಧಿಕ dugdhika, ಮೇಕೆ ಕೊಂಬು ಬಳ್ಳಿ maeke kombu balli • Malayalam: കിണികിണിപ്പാല kinikinippala • Marathi: दुधाणी dudhani • Nepali: अनारसिङ्गे लहरो anarsinge laharo • Odia: ଦୁଧିଆ ମେଣ୍ଢି dudhia mendhi, ଉତ୍ତମା uttama • Punjabi: ਗਨੀ gani, ਘਰੋਟ gharot • Sanskrit: दुग्धिका dugdhika, क्षीरिणी kshirini, उत्तम uttama, उत्तमफलिनी uttamaphalini, युग्मफलोत्तम yugmaphalottama • Tamil: ஊசிப்பாலை uci-p-palai, உத்தமை uttamai • Telugu: పాల pala
The species has a wide distribution from northeastern Africa to southwestern Asia. The species is recorded from Egypt, east through Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal to southern China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan) and south through Indochina and the Malay Peninsula to Indonesia.
I have yet to see this in Delhi. Hope to catch it soom.
in Panipat it is growing abundantly, but only in patches along with the distributries of Western Yamuna Canal. So appear to be brought by water channel in our area from somewhere else
More Pics of the plant from same area
With fruits from Karnal GT Road area
311011PD004 Oxystelma esculentum Flora of Orissa:
Name of the species:Oxystelma esculentum
Place of collection: Ranpur, nayagarh, Orissa
Habitat: Wet places, near stream and canals of human habitation and roadside.
Uses: The roots are used to cure chronic jaundice along with other plan parts.
KG :: 26 August 2012 – 0008:: Request for ID from Dibru-Saikhowa, Assam:
Please identify this climber from Dibru-Saikhowa, Assam. It’s now flowering.
Interesting! Forwarding it to my seniors who have worked on the flora of Dibru Saikhowa!
This should be Oxystelma sp. (Apocyanaceae) and most probably O. esculentum….
Yes indeed it is O.esculantum..
FRom hyderbad 20032013CS6 : 1 image. 6 posts by 4 authors.
I hope this is the rosy milk weed wine Oxystelma esculentum.
Flower color; Pink
I think so
I too must say, Yes.. lovely looking milk weed flower..
Quite lovely! I’m curious though, doesn’t esculentum mean something that is edible? Does that mean some part of the plant is edible?
I suppose its a famine food or something
Thank you … Truly adds colour to a barren fence and blooms every year after the rains
11042013 BRS 473 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. confirmation.
Location: Adyar, Chennai
Oxystelma esculentum … જળદૂધી [Jaladudhi] in Gujarati. A useful ethnomedicinal plant.
Oxystelma esculentum :
Flora of Panipat 2013:: Oxystelma esculentum : Attachments (6). 9 posts by 9 authors.
This densely spreading and profusely flowering milkweed was shot from Panipat few days back..
wanted to share..
Oxystelma secamone (L.) K. Schum.
Syn. Oxystelma esculentum R. Br.
Very Nice, We have also this plant species in Kachchh-Dryland region, and mainly recorded near water sources/ditches etc.
Wow. First time observing the flowers in that large numbers. Excellent shots. Complete presentation. Very good.
Pl. see the notes from Flora of China (Oxystelma esculentum (Linnaeus f.) Smith):
“Some authorities have suggested that the correct name for this species is Oxystelma secamone (Linnaeus) Karsten, 1883, based on Periploca secamone Linnaeus, 1771, but Goyder & Singh (Taxon 40: 629-630, 1991) showed that P. secamone is a synonym of Secamone alpinii Schultes from Africa.”
Also see efi page on Oxystelma esculentum
Oxystelma esculentum : Attachments (2). 6 posts by 6 authors.
Oxystelma esculentum : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Local Marathi name Dudhani
Today (12.9.14) at Alibag
Thanks … elegant pics..
Oxystelma esculentum (L. f.) Sm. SN Dec 01 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Specimen identification : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Climber, Simple Opposite (single leaf, Hemidesmus indicus type), Synandrous androceium, gynostegium gynoceium, Gamopetalous, Hairy bi-sexual flower.
Location- Lake shore near birur, chikmanglore, Karnataka.
Please help with ID.
Thanks, … Matches with images at Oxystelma esculentum
Help in identification, Location : Delhi : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
Please help in identification of this climber.
Maybe some Ipomoea.
May be Oxystelma secamone
thanks, … for the prompt reply and help with identification
Nepali name(s) of Oxystelma esculentum : 4 posts by 2 authors.
Please help me with the name anarsinge laharo in Devanagari script.
…my attempt … ****सिङ्गे लहरो
अनारसिङ्गे लहरो Anaarasinge Laharo
Oxystelma secamone from Sonepat, Haryana (300509SCS1) – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Oxystelma from Khukhrana Panipat 070610-1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Names of Plants in India :: Oxystelma esculentum (Roxb.) R.Br. : 5 posts by 3 authors. 1 image.
Images from Sh. Ravindranath Muthevi : 9 posts by 4 authors. 3 images– 3 to 4 mb each.
Thanks, …, When and where these images have been taken ?
It is Oxystelma esculentum (L.f.) Sm
Yes Oxystelma secamone?
These photographs have been taken in my lemon orchard near Tenali in Guntur District, AP today (25.7.20). While removing the partial parasitic twiners like Tinospora cordifolia from the lemon plants this twiner was seen. Prima facie this seemed to me like Tylophora indica as seen from the flowers. But the leaves are slender. I think this is another species in the Apocynaceae family. Please help me to find it out.
… already confirmed it to be Oxystelma esculentum (L.f.) Sm
It seems to be O. esculentum. But as verified in the Google, in some photographs it is seen as having bipinnate leaves, though the twiner in question has slender oblong leaves. In some photographs it is shown as a bush, whereas it is a twining creeper. That is why I am still having doubts on it.
Pl. see Oxystelma esculentum for detailed images.
Net may have both correct as well as incorrect images.
MS/ID/SEPT/2020/12 – ID of the climber. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Oxystelma esculentum ? Please confirm the I D. Photographed in Chennai.
I guess ID is correct!
I too agree with you …
Oxystelma esculentum from Karnal, Haryana-GS17122021-7: 6 high res. images.
Unknown climber from Assam KD 08 Aug 22:
Regarding identification of the species collected from Gajapati Odisha on may 2022: 6 images.
Oxystelma esculentum (L. f.) Sm. !
What is the edible part in this species Oxystelma esculentum?
esculentum refers to edible
Mainly medicinal The leaves are traditionally used as diuretic, galactagogue, anthelmintic, antiulcer, laxative and antiperiodic. The plant is also used ethnomedicinally in throat infections, skin diseases and jaundice.
Whole plant edible, mostly a famine food.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Venkatesan-Govindan-2/ /publication/335828622_Traditional_wild_edible_plants _from_Cauvery_Delta_Region_of_Tamilnadu_India/ links/5d7e6bc0a6fdcc2f0f711af2/Traditional-wild-edible-plants -from-Cauvery-Delta-Region-of-Tamilnadu-India.pdf
Lance-like seed pods are edible. The plant is a good source of famine food. !
I did not know that Asclepidaceae species seeds are edible (now Apocynaceae)
This is good to work on
Catalogue of life The Plant List Ver. 1.1 Flora of Pakistan Annotated checklist of the flowering plants of Nepal Flora of China