Podophyllum hexandrum Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 64 1834. (syn: Dysosma emodi (Wall. ex Royle) Hiroe; Podophyllum emodi Wall ex Hook. fil. & Thoms.; Podophyllum emodi Wall.; Podophyllum emodi var. hexandrum (Royle) Chatterjee & Mukerjee; Podophyllum hexandrum var. axillare (R. Chatterjee & Mukerjee) Browicz; Podophyllum hexandrum var. emodi (Hook. fil. & Thoms.) Selivan.; Podophyllum hexandrum var. jaeschkei (R. Chatterjee & Mukerjee) Browicz; Sinopodophyllum emodi (Wall. ex Royle) T. S. Ying; Sinopodophyllum hexandrum (Royle) Ying);
China (Gansu, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, Jammu & Kashmir (Dras, Zanskar, Poonch, Kashmir), India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh), Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan (Kunar / Nuristan, Laghman), Pakistan (Kurram, Chitral, Swat, Hazara, Murree), Pakistani Kashmir (Astor) as per Catalogue of Life;
Himalayan mayapple, Indian may apple, ‘Papra’ ‘पाप्रा’ or ‘Paatvel’ ‘पाटवेल’ in Marathi; Bankakri in Punjab and Banwangan (wangan in brinjal) in Kashmiri; Garhwal Himalayas– ‘Ban-Kakari’;

Podophyllum hexandrum from Gulmarg Hills (trek route) Photo taken in June-2011

Yes …. An important medicinal plant

Podophyllum hexandrum Royle
An endangered medicinal plant.
Date: 14th June 2011
Location: Paddar valley Kshtwar J&K.
Altitude: 4258 meters asl
GPS: 33.33 N and 76.24 E
Plant habit/habitat: Wild herb
Plant height: 1-2 feets

Podophyllum hexandrum

VoF Week: Pahad kakdi??Cucurbitaceae sp? en-route VoF:
This plant was shown to us by a local person. He referred to this as Pahad Kakdi and told us that it is highly medicinal and very costly. This was seen en-route VoF.
Date/Time: 08-08-2012 / 07:15AM

I hope Cyclanthera pedata, but a better view of leaves is needed.

Podophyllum hexandrum

Yes, this is Podophyllum hexandrum….very valuable and endangered…

Yes … and …, you are right

Podophyllum hexandrum from way to Valley near entrance Gate

quite nice
was a promising source for antitumor activity…
dont know what the current status is


Sinopodophyllum hexandrum (Berberidaceae) from Sikkim :  1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2) – tif files.
Herbs in alpine areas.

Help with ID ABMAY2017/12 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
|I found this flower at Kareri lake at about 3200m. I could not find another growing in the vicinity and concluded that it perhaps grew higher up and 3200m was just the lower range of it.
The leaves had fine teeth which are not clearly visible in the photos as the edges were curled downwards. A single flower grew on a stem at the junction where the two leaves met. It had no aroma.
I do not know what it is and will appreciate your advice. Please help.
Kareri Lake, Dharamshala, HP
15-16 May 2017

Thanks, …  I myself have photographed this plant. But it is very difficult to recall the name from the distant memory, particularly for non- botanists. 

I think this should be Sinopodophyllum hexandrum, a rare and significant medicinal plant… great find …!!

Thanks, … I also think so.

Thanks once again … I was glad to have found it and look forward to seeing more plants to have a better understanding.



Podophyllum hexandrum: 1 high res. image.
Habit: Herb

Location: Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir. 
Kashmiri name: Van vaangun.


Podophyllum hexandrum enroute Dev Kyara at Uttarakhand: 5 images.

Herb spotted enroute Dev Kyara in Uttarakhand region.

Bot. name: Podophyllum hexandrum (I hope the ID is correct)

Family: Berberidaceae

Locally known as bankakdi, it’s friuits are edible. Roots are used in herbal medicines. Recently, it has been reported to be anti-cancerous.

Yes …, nice upload.



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