Tinospora cordifolia ?;
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Given by a family friend who said its name in Hindi is “neemglo” and that it must be grown at the base of a neem tree and it is a natural hypoglycemic – used by diabetics to lower blood sugar.

Tinospora cordifolia commonly called as Giloy Be


Yes this should be Tinospora but cordifolia or sinensis, it needs to be confirmed.
Lick the leaves, do you find hairs on the surface !!!
If yes then it should be sinensis
otherwise cordifolia.


yes its Tinospora cordifolia other name T. glabra, some consider it synonym.. Tinospora sinensis has hairy leaves and bigger compare to this one..


T. sinensis leaves are hairy that it can be seen in the particular pic I assume. I may be wrong though.


these pics are of T. cordifolia and not of T. sinensis


please let us know whether the leaves are hairy or not.
Further, these leaves looks fresh ones, if so, do you have pictures of mature leaves.


The pictures look very much like T. cordifolia. Stems and leaves of T. sinensis can’t be mistaken owing to the prominent lenticells and indumentum.


I think I have seen lenticels in both as far as I can remember. We had both in our campus, back at home in WII !! The leaf surface and petiole is puberulent in sinensis. That cant be seen in such low resolution pics.
I am not saying that this pic is not cordifolia. I am just sayingthat its not easy to make out from this pic.


I agree with you. But (back at home !!) I had both herbarium and live plants of these two species. But T.s. was a male one. The stems of this had tomentose hairs and lenticells which are more prominent and denser than that of T. c.
I think, now the ball is in … court! 🙂


Then I won’t blame eFlora of Pakistan much. It considers (although wrongly) all T. cordifolia (atleast of N W India and Pakistan) as T. malabarica Miers (now correctly T. sinensis)
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=5&taxon_id=133039  


There are two cordifolias 

1. Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Hook.f. & Thomson — Fl. Indica 1: 184 (1855).
[Menispermum cordifolium Willd. Sp. Pl., ed. 4 [Willdenow] 4(2): 826. (1806)] 
AND 
2. Tinospora cordifolia Miers — Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. ser. 2, 7(37): 38. (1851). 

1. is a valid name and eflora of Pakistan talks about about Tinospora cordifolia Miers. as synonym of T. malabarica, which is actually now T. sinensis. 


But did you notice two things

1. It does not list T. cordifolia from Pakistan
2. Under synonyms of T. malabarica it lists both Miers; Hook.f. & T.


yes sir I saw that
and then in the main text in the pdf, it writes Tinospora malabarica (Lamarck) J. D. Hooker & Thomson as synonym of Tinospora sinensis (Loureiro) Merrill !!!
Confusing…

I think this Tenospora codifolia. Do they develop aerial roots?

Where was the picture taken. It is a long shot, so it is not easy to say what the plant could be. Seeing the shape of the leaves, it could be Tinospora cordifolia. However the long stalks make me suspicious that it could as well be Air yam (Dioscorea bulbifera)
http://www.rain-tree.com/Plant-Images/dioscorea-pic.htm
Another picture would be helpful. If there were lot of dry, woody stems associated with this plant, it is more likely it is Tinospora
cordifolia.

http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Gulbel.html


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