Parsonsia alboflavescens (Dennst.) Mabb., Taxon 26: 532 1977. (Syn: Aganosma concanensis Hook.; Aganosma laevigata (Moon) J.Graham; Apocynum reticulatum L.; Apocynum reticulatum Lour.; Apocynum vincifolium Burm.f.; Chaetosus volubilis Benth.; Cudicia trichotoma Buch.-Ham. ex Dillwyn; Echites laevigatus Moon; Echites spiralis Blanco; Helicandra sinensis Hook. & Arn.; Heligme javanica (Blume) Blume; Heligme korthalsiana Miq.; Heligme minahassae Teijsm. & Binn.; Heligme rheedei Wight [Illegitimate]; Heligme spiralis (Wall. ex G.Don) Thwaites; Helyga javanica Blume; Lyonsia sumatrana Ridl.; Lyonsia viridiflora F.M.Bailey; Parsonsia acuminata Wall. [Invalid]; Parsonsia aterinervia Elmer [Invalid]; Parsonsia confusa Merr.; Parsonsia cumingiana A.DC.; Parsonsia helicandra Hook. & Arn.; Parsonsia howii Tsiang; Parsonsia javanica (Blume) K.Schum. [Illegitimate]; Parsonsia korthalsiana (Miq.) Boerl.; Parsonsia kunstleri King & Gamble; Parsonsia laevigata (Moon) Alston; Parsonsia longipedunculata Merr.; Parsonsia magnifolia Elmer; Parsonsia minahassae (Teijsm. & Binn.) Koord.; Parsonsia momiensis Kaneh. & Hatus.; Parsonsia oblancifolia Merr.; Parsonsia oblonga Wall. ex G.Don; Parsonsia oblongifolia Merr.; Parsonsia panniculata Pichon; Parsonsia pauciflora Wall. [Invalid]; Parsonsia reticulata (L.) Woodson; Parsonsia rheedei Fern.-Vill. [Illegitimate]; Parsonsia spiralis Wall. ex G.Don; Parsonsia spiralis Vidal [Illegitimate]; Periploca alboflavescens Dennst.; Spirostemon spiralis Griff.);
Cambodia, India (E-, NE- & peninsular India), Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, China (Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan), Ryukyu Isl., peninsular Malaysia (widespread), Australia (Northern Territory: NE-Arnhem Land), Andaman Isl. (North Andaman Isl., Middle Andaman Isl., South Andaman Isl., Little Andaman Isl.), Nicobar Isl. (Car Nicobar Isl., North Nicobar Isl., Central Nicobar Isl., Great Nicobar Isl., Little Nicobar Isl.), Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Borneo, Java, Moluccas, Philippines (Batan Isl., Babuyan Isl., Luzon, Catanduanes, Mindoro, Sibuyan, Panay, Dinagat, Bucas Grande), Sulawesi, Sumatra, Bismarck Arch., New Guinea, Solomons, Singapore as per Catalogue of Life;
— named for James Parsons, London physician and botanical author
al-bow-flav-ES-enz — from the Greek albo (white) and flavescens (becoming yellow)
commonly known as: spiral-vined silkpod • Malayalam: ezhuthani, kudici-kodi, wallia-pal-valli • Marathi: नागलकुडा nagalkuda
Native of: China, Japan, Indian subcontinent, Indo-China, Malaysia, Philippines


Climber Id from Bangladesh SM005 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Habit: Climber
Habitat: Mangrove
Fruiting: June
Location: Char-kukri Mukri Island
Picture taken: June,2013

Parsonsia alboflavesce ?

It occurs in the Andamans. If it is occurring in Bangladesh also then the identity is correct.

Thanks, …, There is only this one species of Parsonsia found in India.


Climber Id from Bangladesh SM010 : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3).

Cryptolepis ?
Habit: Herb
Habitat: A village road along the river associated with regular tidal flow
Location: Charkukru Mukri Island
Flowering: June

Looks like some Apocynaceae sp.. Check for Parsonia sp..

The flower looks like Parsonsia alboflavescens

There is only this one species of Parsonsia found in India, if Id is correct.

There is one species of Parsonsia found in Bangladesh also …

Kindly conault Fl of INDIA VOL 1 AND The family Apocynacee of Andaman – Nicobar Islands– M. Gangopadhyay & T. Chakrabarty –J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 16(1): 27 –59. 1992.

Anmod Ghat :: Parsonsia alboflavescens :: DVFEB69/102 : 3 posts by 3 authors. 4 images.
Anmod Ghat NH4A descending from Anmod, Karnataka to Mollem, Goa
Date: 23 APR 2011 Altitude: descends from about 640 m asl to 90 m asl
Parsonsia alboflavescens (Dennst.) Mabb. (family: Apocynaceae)

Elegant pics …

ID KANNUR 04 : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 MB or more.
Please identify this climber from Kannur District of Kerala. Only fruits are available for this probable Asclepiadaceae….

May be Gymnema cuspidatum (Thunb.) Kuntze or Gymnema indicum (M.A. Rahman & Wilcock) Karthik. & Moorthy require flowers.

Mostly Parsonsia (spiralis)

New name is Parsonsia alboflavescens

After going through the images at Parsonsia alboflavescens, I also agree with …


Marsdenia tingens in FOI : 4 posts by 2 authors.
Images of Marsdenia tingens in FOI  should be of Parsonsia alboflavescens rather than those of Marsdenia tingens (Roxb.) P.I. Forster as per images, details and references herein.

Corrected now

ID 04/02/22: 2 high res. images.
Please identify this climber from a sacred grove at Kannur district of Kerala. 3/2/22

I think it is close to images at Parsonsia alboflavescens (Dennst.) Mabb.