Parabaena sagittata Miers, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 2 7: 39 39 1851. (syn: Cissampelos oleracea Wall.; Cissampelos sagittata Buch.-Ham.; Parabaena ferruginea Miers; Parabaena heterophylla Miers; Parabaena oleracea Miers; Parabaena racemosa Gagnep.);    

Nepal, Bhutan, India (Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya, Orissa, Andhra
Pradesh), Sikkim, Myanmar [Burma] (Kachin, Mandalay), Tibet, Bangladesh, China
(Yunnan, Guangxi, S-Guizhou), Vietnam, Laos, N-Thailand, Andaman Isl. (North
Andaman Isl., Middle Andaman Isl., South Andaman Isl., Little Andaman Isl.),
Nicobar Isl. (North Nicobar Isl.)
as per Catalogue of Life;

India: In subtropical evergreen scrubs or mixed forests on steep slopes in shaded ravines, close to streams on calcareous rocks, up to 1500 m. West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands; Bhutan, Bangladesh and S.W. China (Yunnan) as per BSI Flora of India;



Parabaena sagittata?: Parabaena sagittata (? please confirm) of Menispermaceae from Manipur.

It is confirmed that Parabaena sagittata of Manipur is almost similar with that of the attached pictures.

Forwarding a previous conversation on Parabaena sagittata.



Arunachal Climber for ID_RKC02_260811:  Habit: Climber
Loc.: Itanagar, (ca300m), Arunachal Pradesh
Date: March, 2009

I think this plant is from the family Menispermaceae

Could this be some Stephania from Menispermaceae.

It may be Parabaena sagittata (?) of Menispermaceae.

Leaves appears rounded to shallowly cordate. sagittate leaves are characteristic of Parabaena.

You may be right. I am not familiar with this sp.
Some leaves, espl. the middle one in the last picture (# 6534) looks close to the one here
I look forward to more comments…

Not agree with Parabaena sagittata!

I can go with Stephania, as … have suggested…

Please check with Anamirta

I have uploaded similar plant (identified by us as Parabaena sagittata) from Manipur, in a separate thread. Please check and provide your comments.

I am not sure because key characters are missing in the pictures to run the key. But I tend to support … view on the basis of most of the Stephania leaves are peltate (, whereas, Parabaena sagittata has cordate leaf base (

Agreed with… ID. This is Parabaena sagittata (Menispermaceae). Also got confirmation from a friend from China who is working on Menispermaceae.