Indian Subcontinent as per WCSP;
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka as per POWO;
pen-tuh-TROH-pis — Greek: penta (five); tropis (ship’s keel) … Dave’s Botanary
ka-PEN-sis — of or from the cape … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: five-keeled Cape swallowwort, stinking swallowwortAssamese: কাউৰীঠুতীয়া লতা kauri thutia lataBengali: পঞ্চবৃতি লতা panchabrti lataGujarati: કૌવાડોડી kauvadodi, શીંગ્રોટી shingroti, સુડીયાવેલ sudiyavel, સુરજવેલ surajvelHindi: अम्बरवेल ambarvelKachchhi: ધોધવલ dhodhval, ધોધીઆલ dhodhialKannada: ಉಪ್ಪಿಲಿ ಬಳ್ಳಿ uppili balliMalayalam: പർപ്പരം parpparamMarathi: परपरम parparam, शींग्रोटा shingrotaSanskrit: काकनासा kakanasa, काकतुण्डफला kakatundaphala, सुनासिका sunasika, सूर्यवल्ली suryavalli, शृङ्गारीति shrngaritiTamil: ஈர்கொல்லி irkolli, உப்பிலி uppiliTelugu: చేకుర్తితీగ chekruti-teeg, చేకుర్తితివ్వ chekurthithivva, పొద పాల poda paala, పూల పాల poola paala 


Fwd: submission of Pentatropis capensis images : 4 posts by 2 authors. 4 images- 743 kb, 3, 3 & 4 mb.

here are the high resolution images

Thanks … for sharing the pictures.

Yes, the long as well as opened calyx serves as a good visual differentiator from the species capensis.


ID please – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Please help me to identify this climber. It has thick leaves (secondary thickening); leaves semi-succulent and have mucronate apex.
I got this in an area adjacent to a lake, 90km south of Chennai.

Date: 07 November 2009

Probably Pentatropis capensis. Whether leaves also have secondary thickening?!

Yes sir, the leaves had secondary thickening; and it is semi-brittle. Less watery exeduates.


Pentatropis capensis (Linn. f.) Bullock : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Pentatropis capensis (L. f.) Bullock (=P. microphylla (Roth ex Sch.) Wt. & Arn., Fam: Asclepiadaceae

out skirts of Chennai, Tamilnadu,

Slender climber, leaves sub succulent


Pentatropis capensis (L.f) Bull.SN Sep 32 :  1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).

Pentatropis capensis (L.f) Bull. (= P. microphylla (Heyne ex Roth.) Wt.&Arn, Asclepiadaceae, wild thin climber from Thurutthani area of Tamilnadu


121211 BRS 262: Pl. find the attached file contain Creeper for id. request.

Location: GRD College, Coimbatore
Date: 12.12.2011
Habitat: Urban Road side

Habit: Climber

It looks like Pentatropis capensis of Apocynaceae/Asclepiadaceae.

Can this be Cocculus sp?

… not Cocculus hirsutus for sure, any other species could be.

14092013 BRS 519 : Attachments (2).  6 posts by 4 authors.
Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. confirmation.
Date: 14.09.2013
Location: Manapakkam, Chennai

Habitat: UIrban (Along the Adyar river bank )

Habit: Climber

This could be a species of Tylophora possibly T.indica [T.asthmatica]. Please check this link : efi thread

Thanks …, But leaves are broadly oblong.

To me it looks Pentatropis

This may be Pentatropis capensis as per images and details herein.

Leaves only but distinctive – ID possible ? – GE04102014-3 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Seen in the Chennai outskirts, wild.

This is a slender twining glabrous climber, only the leaves were seen, they have a cordate base very narrow sinus and apex is mucronate.
Veins almost not visible except central, leaves held outward stiffly.
No flowers or fruit in August. Again I’m sorry no better images are available.
Perhaps this Pentatropis, but I have not seen that plant before.
Can it be given an ID to some degree of certainty ?
Thanks for any suggestions

Posted pictures are too small to see any details.

Yes, they are low resolution and blurred. I thought it is a milkweed climber, (glabrous plant, cordate opposite leaves)

The leaves have a very narrow sinus, thinly leathery and held out at very typical angles like solar panels.
My best guess, Toxocarpus.
But it may not be possible to state definitely.

Pentatropis capensis,