India (E- & peninsular India, Assam), ?Burma, Sri Lanka, Java (introduced), Vietnam as per Catalogue of Life;

Climbing herbs, stem glabrous. Leaves 6-10 x 3-5 cm, ovate, apex acute or acuminate, base rounded or subcordate, 5-ribbed, glabrous with a few small black glandular papillae at base, lateral nerves 3 pairs; petiole to 2.5 cm long. Racemes to 2.5 cm long. Flowers 8 mm across, many together; pedicels 1 cm long, slender, pubescent; sepals small, ovate to orbicular, ciliate; corolla greenish-yellow with brown dots, 4 mm long, lobes ovate; gynostegium 2 mm across, outer corona lobes orbicular, emarginate, membranous; inner corona similar to outer.

Flowering and fruiting: April-June
Moist deciduous forests, scrub jungles and sacred groves
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)


efloraindia: Toxocarpus beddomei: 2 images.

Sharing the images of Toxocarpus beddomei from NBNP. Anaikatti, Coimbatore.
Location: NBNP Garden, Anaikatti.
Habitat: Garden
Habit: Climber.

Toxocarpus beddomei
An Aesclepiadaceae member …supposed to be threatened species.

To me it looks like Cosmostigma racemosum. Please check.

I support … opinion

Sharing a photograph of Cosmostigma racemosum from Kankeshwar, Alibag region.
Family: Asclepiadaceae
Date/Time: 23-06-2012 / 10:45AM
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Climber.


Cosmostigma racemosum : Attachments (2).  5 posts by 5 authors.
Cosmostigma racemosum
Mar.name: Jati, Mirchee
At Kanakeshwar, Alibag
14 Jul, 2013

Excellent catch.

Cosmostigma racemosum Wight is a synonym of Cosmostigma cordatum (Poir.) M.R.Almeida
Family : Apocynaceae


ID KANNUR 37- 1 : 2 posts by 1 author. 1 image- 3 MB.
Please identify this Asclepiadaceae from Kannur District of Kerala..

Pl. also check comparative images at Apocynaceae

Cosmostigma racemosum

My guess is Cosmostigma racemosum.


Dregea volubilis ? : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Location Rajnagar Kumarghat  Unakoti district Tripura
Please identify it

Please provide the habit photo etc. in full not as cropped ones.    The cropped photographs are useful as additional photographs 

Habitat photos are attached.
Attachments (8)

The photographs (habit) are not clear & could not make out any thing. Nevertheless, based on the leaves and fruits, for me, it is not Dregea volubilis. We have these plants here. The fruits and leaves do not tally. The fruits are a pair of follicles in Dregea volubilisVenation of the leaves also looks different. Please watch out for the flowers .

I think close to images at Cosmostigma cordatum (Poir.) M.R.Almeida

I checked images of leaf of Cosmostigma racemosum on internet and I think the leaf of my sample is not exactly heart shaped.

I think matches with images at

Is there any other species of this genera in Tripura?


Climber FOR ID :: Nagla forest :: 20 MAR 10 : 6 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.

Nagla forest … part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Elevation range: sea level to about 600 ft asl …
March 20, 2010
Hopefully the leaves give some hint to ID.

One of my flickr contacts has given me ID of Cosmostigma racemosum, and I am convinced with the ID. The leaves match with those in my earlier sightings.

I think if you can keep a watch on its flowering, it will further clear all our doubts.. June-July would be the probable flowering time..

Thanks … I agree. Unfortunately that plant got lost after 2010.

I will yet keep a lookout for this plant whenever I visit that place in Nagla forest.

bushy vine FOR ID :: Prabalmachi, near Panvel :: 30 NOV 19 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 4 images.
Prabalmachi  between Matheran and Panvel
Date: November 30, 2019 … Altitude: about 390 m (1,280 ft) asl
… some greens ?  

Dear friends,
I am not sure about this plant, most probably a climber, or could be a bush as we see here. Hope someone is able to recognize the plant. I thought of Basella, but I found it has leaves alternately arranged.

Looks like Cosmostigma racemosum to me

Thanks very much … for the possible ID.

Yes, it possible for Cosmostigma cordatum as suggested by …
Leaf arrangement and venation seems to match.

Climber for ID : 19072013 : RV 1 : Attachments (2). 5 posts by 3 authors.
Please help me to identify this climber found in wild in Sudhagad area, near Mumbai…..
the leaves are almost 10 inches long……….
I was told by locals that when their cattle get injured, they make a paste of these leaves and apply it on the wound.

it is some Asclepiadaceae member

Heterostemma species .. can be H. dalzelli. can be found in Snajay Gandhi National park, Silionda trail.

Cosmostigma racemosum

Yes, Cosmostigma is correct


91 ID wild plant: 16 images.

Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Flower date: 06.06.2021, 05.25pm
Altitude: 1400fsl
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: climbing, branches, big stem but flexible, long lasting
Height: 06 meters
Leaves: opposite, heart shaped, apex, smooth but a strange smell if rubbed (smell like coriander+ decayed garlic), purple spotted base
Flower: diameter:08mm, yellow with black spots, mild fragrance
Fruit: oval green
Camera: mobile LG K10 2017 13mp

Cosmostigma racemosum (Roxb.) Wight

Yes, it is …, Thank you very much.

Sharing more information: it’s leaves smell is like asafoetida, when rubbed. 

Nice set … and agree with … For Id,


Cosmostigma racemosum–Sawantwadi, Maharashtra:: NS August 2022 (07): 4 images- 1 high res.
This climber was recorded from near Sawantwadi, Maharashtra..

I hope the identification is right…

Very nice photographs. For me the ID is correct. I have come across this plant