Apocynaceae-3: Caralluma of Asclepiadaceae. Pl id the species (C. umbellata, C. diffusa or ???)

Caralluma diffusa

It is not Caralluma diffusa for sure.
Most probably it is c. umbellata but still I am confusing
U can send me more details regarding place of collection and main characters.

But I don’t have much details about the plant. It is planted at the FRLHT garden, and must have been collected by … from Chitradurga or Savandurga in Karnataka.
I have seen C. diffusa in Tiruvannamalai (my study area), and is distinct from this plant by having diffuse and branched stems and few-flowered umbels.
I also think this is C. umbellata. Flower color and striations seem to be variable. Is there a variety in C. umbellata? Please validate.

When you collect C. diffusa from Thiruvannamali?
It is rediscovered in this February after 160 years by V. S. ramachandran et al.
Yes may be that is a variant of umbellata
In my hand also have one.
For validation I want the live collection.
If that is interesting then we can do a compined work.
Actually I am specialized in Zingiberaceae in India under Dr. M. Sabu, Professor, Dept. of Botany, Calicut University.
The revision is over.
My other specilaized genera: Premna, Striga and Caralluma

I read the article in JoTT (threatened taxa)
It is an interesting find. Congrats to VSR sir and his team.
But I guess Gravely & Mayuranathan have collected it in 1926. I am not sure about that, though.


050612 BRS 373 for id. request.:

Pl. find the attached file contain photo of Cactus for id. request.
Location: Devanurpudur, Pollachi

Habitat: wild

It look likes Euphorbia antiquorum for me.

Not Euphorbia, this may be some Asclepediaceae plant. Any Carulluma?

Yes, It is Caralluma.

Most probably it is C. umbellata or C. diffusa

Any flower photo??

It looks more of Caralluma umbellata to me too.


Kallupatti flora 150913 TBN 2 ?Caralluma for id : Attachments (2).3 posts by 2 authors.

Please identify this plant details of which are as follows:
Date : 09.06.13
Location :T.Kallupatti, Madurai dt, Tamilnadu
Altitude :less thasn 500ft
Habitat :wild on small hillock
Habit :herb on rock
Height :about 1 foot
Leaves :as shown
Flowers :

Fruits :,

It may be Caralluma umbellata.

Thanks for the id.

ID please : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
Id Please 
Euphorbia sp.
At Nallamala forest, Srisailam, AP


Can this be Caralluma sp of Apocynace?

no wonder the flower buds reminded me of the milkweed flower buds

now I know why

Got the ID

It is caralluma umbellata

Images by tspkumar


TSPOCT2015-39: Images of Caralluma umbellata (Apocynaceae) shared. : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Caralluma umbellata (Apocynaceae)
Habit: Perennial herb
Habitat: Xerophytic, Scrub forest..
Sighting: Siddarabetta, Tumkur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl.

Date: 29-7-2015

Wonderful photographs.

Submission of Caralluma lasiantha : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Plant name: Caralluma umbellata Haw., Syn. Pl. Succ. 47. 1812.
Syn. Caralluma lasiantha N.E.Br.
Ver.names: Umbelled caralluma (Eng.); Kundeti kommulu కుందేటికొమ్ములు (Tel.)
Family: Apocynaceae
Perennial diffuse herbs, stems  succulent, leafless,  green, 4 angled, 1- 1.5cm across, 30- 40 cm tall. Leaves minute, early deciduous. Flowers dark purple, 1.5-2 cm across, in 5-6 cm across many flowered terminal globose umbels. Pedicel 2-2.5 cm long. Calyx 5-partite, lobes ovate –lanceolate, 3-5mm long. Corolla 1.2-2cm across, broadly campanulate, valvate in bud; inner face dark purple or purple with fine yellow concentric lines; covered with very many 1-2mm long spindle shaped purple hairs on the margin and on the inner face; (C.lasiantha) lobes triangular. Corona double, the outer with 5, 2 cuspidate lobes, and the inner attached to the staminal column. Carpels 2, stigma 5 angled. Follicle not observed.
Habitat & location: Common in rock crevices in hills. Flower remains fresh for 3 days.

Medicinal Uses: Stems stomachic, and used to manage indigestion. Tender stems are used as blood purifier for women. The inner pulp of the stem is an excellent cure for cracked feet.

Succulent for ID, South Andhra Pradesh NAW-APR21-01: 3 images.
Kindly identify this succulent, probably Euphorbiacaea, about 30 cms in height. not my photographs. photographed in Chittoor district in April 2021.

Possibly Caralluma species.

This is Caralluma umbellata Haw. as per images and details herein.

I too agree with Caralluma umbellata



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