Argyreia hirsuta Wight & Arn., Nova Acta Phys.-Med. Acad. Caes. Leop.-Carol. Nat. Cur. 18:365C. 1836;
Climbing undershrubs; stem hirsute. Leaves 13-20 x 7-14 cm, broadly ovate, base cordate, apex abruptly acuminate, densely strigose above, tomentose beneath; nerves 7-13 pairs, prominent below; petiole 5-11 cm long, densely pubescent. Flowers in axillary few to many flowered cymes; bracts leafy, to 3 cm long, lanceolate, shortly petioled, persistent. Sepals 6-8 x 2-3 mm, oblong, obtuse, sparsely hairy, equal. Corolla 5-7 cm long, funnel-shaped, pale purple, hispid without. Style filiform; stigma 2-globose. Berry 8-12 mm across, depressed-globose, yellow. Seeds embedded in mealy pulp.
Flowering and fruiting: November-December
Deciduous and shola forests, also in the plains
South India and Sri Lanka
Please help me in identifying this large climber. It is found commonly in forest edges and near villages of Nilgiris.
Leaf: up to 25 cm across
Flower: up to 10 cm across
Place: Kothagiri, Nilgiris, TN
Alt.: 1900 m asl
Date: 20 July 2013
Looks like Elephant Creeper Argyreia nervosa Syn. Argyreia speciosa, Convolvulus nervosus
It is not Argyreia nervosa, but looks to me Argyreia hirsuta Wight & Arn
Also does not match with high resolution specimen of Argyreia hirsuta at the following:
It looks more closer to Argyreia hirsuta than A.pilosa (exposed parts stigosely hirsute; leaves cordate; sepals ovate;flowers pale purple with dark centre).
Thanks, … We have to further analyze it.