Pachygone ovata (Poir.) J. D. Hook. & Thompson (syn: Cebatha pubescens (Benth.) Kuntze; Cissampelos ovata Poir.; Cocculus brachystachyus DC.; Cocculus leptostachyus DC.; Cocculus plukenetii DC.; Cocculus wightianus Wall.; Koon zeylanicus Gaertn.; Limacia nativitatis Ridl.; Menispermum brachystachyon Spreng.; Menispermum leptostachyon Spreng.; Pachygone adversa Miers; Pachygone brachystachyus Miers; Pachygone concinna Miers; Pachygone hebephylla Miers; Pachygone hullsii (F.Müll.) F.Müll.; Pachygone laevigata Zippel ex Diels; Pachygone leptostachys Miers; Pachygone pubescens Benth.; Pachygone wightiana Miers; Pachygone zeylanica Santapau & Wagh; Tinospora hullsii F.Müll.; Tristichocalyx pubescens (Benth.) F.Müll.);            
Australia (N-Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland), Christmas Isl.
(Austr.), Java, Sri Lanka, India (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu),
Borneo, Lesser Sunda Isl. (Timor), Sulawesi, Moluccas (Sula), New Guinea
as per Catalogue of Life;

Climbing shrubs; branchlets pubescent. Leaves 3-7 x 2-3.5 cm, ovate, mucronate at tip, 3-5 nerved; petioles 1.5-2.5 cm, hairy. Racemes axillary, flowers white, pubescent, male flowers – in the axils of subulate bracts; outer sepals smaller, linear, inner obovate; petals white, auricled and embracing the filaments; stamens free, filaments incurved, pistillodes 3, female flowers – staminodes 6; carpels 3. Drupe 7 x 6 mm, reniform, endocarp smooth.

Flowering and fruiting: January-September
Dry deciduous forests
Indo-Malesia to Australia
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)


Pachygone ovata (Poir.) Diels : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (6)

I had gone through Menispermaceae, Nice compilation; I am adding the pictures of Pachygone ovata

Plant name: Pachygone ovata (Poir.) Diels, Pflanzenr. IV.94(Heft 46): 243. 1910. Pedda dusari (Tel.).

Family: Menispermaceae

Description: Evergreen  woody climbers, with long drooping branches, stem diam. up to 10 cm. Leaves alternate; lamina simple ovate, 4-15 × 2-9 cm, base cordate, margin entire, apex obtuse, coriaceous, puberulous. Plants dioecious.  Flowers fragrant, 3-merous, creamy white, 3-4mm across, in 5-10 cm long axillary racemes or panicles. Calyx lobes 6, in 2 whorls. Corolla lobes 6, base auricled, clasping the stamina filament. Male flowers in 5-15 cm long drooping panicles. Stamens 6, free, incurved, included; anthers subglobose. Female flowers in 4-6cm long racemes. Carpels 3, stigma sessile projecting at right angles to the axis of the carpel.  Drupe reniform, 0.6-1cm across, purple when ripe, with persistent stylar scar.

Habitat & location: Common in dry deciduous forests up to an altitude of 500m. Photographed at Rapur, Penchalkona.

Flowering period: February-May


Menispermaceae for ID :: APR2018 MK006 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Please help me ID this woody climber. Is this a Menispermaceae?
Habitat: riverside
Date: Feb 2011
Place: Sathyamangalam TR, TN
Alt.: 300 m asl

Pl. check 

Pl check for Pachygone ovata

It is Pachygone ovata male inflorescence




240718BHAR01- Red fruits : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6) – around 400 kb each.
Found in Maagaaniam RF Kanchipuram district.

It is Pachygone ovata fruits 


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