Imahes by Anurag Sharma, (For
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kom-BREE-tum — Latin name for a climbing plant of another genus … Dave’s Botanary
mal-uh-BAR-ih-kum — of or from the Malabar Coast, southern India … Dave’s Botanary 

commonly known asMalabar madhumalati • Kannadaಕಿಲೆಂಜಿಸೊಪ್ಪು kilenjisoppuಸಂಧ್ಯಾರಾಣಿ sandhyarani • Malayalamസന്ധ്യാറാണി sandhyarani • Tuluಕಿಲೆಂಜಿತಪ್ಪು kilenjithappu 

Climbing shrubs. Leaves alternate or opposite, to 14 x 5 cm, oblong, acuminate at apex; nerves 8 pairs, looping below the margins, domatia hairy; petiole 5 mm long. Flowers in terminal cymes; calyx tube 15 mm long, produced above the ovary, narrow, hispid outside, lobes 5, 3 x 1 mm; petals 12 x 3 mm, oblong, reddish; stamens 10, filaments short; ovary 1-celled, ribbed, pubescent; ovules 3-4, pendulous; style adnate to the calyx tube. Fruit 5-winged.

Flowering and fruiting: February-April
Evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi




I had spotted this Large climbing shrub near Yana Rocks (Kumta region, Karnataka).
Date/Time: 20-01-2011 / 04:45PM
Habitat: Wild
Leaves opposite with short petiole, stem reddish brown.
Bot. name: Quisqualis malabarica
Family: Combretaceae

Nice photographs.


ANMAR41/63 Quisqualis malabarica : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7) 
Family: Combretaceae
Date: 21st March 2015
Place: Aralam WLS, Kerala

IPNI gives the following name change:
Combretum malabaricum (Bedd.) Sujana, Ratheesh & Anil Kumar — J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 6(2): 453. 2012 [23 Nov 2012] 

petals are very narrow and single color. must be a variant

The word Quiqualis means confusing. The newly opened flowers always pale pink or off white and later become more colourful. 




Makutta Ghat Karnataka
Date: 24 FEB 2017 … Elevation range: ~ 87 – 263 m (288 – 865 ft) asl
Quisqualis malabarica Bedd. … (family: Combretaceae)
Dear friends,
While attempting to identify this Quisqualis, came to find earlier plant sighted at Yana as Quisqualis malabaricaPrashant’s in 2011, and mine in 2012, turns out to be a new species Combretum shivannae Gholave, Kambale, Lekhak & S. R. Yadav as published in KEW BULLETIN (2015) 70:33 

Combretum malabaricum now.

I urge you to read through KEW BULLETIN (2015) 70:33Combretum shivannae (Combretaceae), a new species from India A. R. Gholave, S. S. Kambale, M. M. Lekhak & S. R. Yadav … It has both the species compared and illustrated.

Thank you …, I have a copy of the protologue of Combretum shivannae. What I intended to mean is simply that Quisqualis malabarica has been transferred to the genus Combretum

Apologies, …. I somehow confused myself. 

I will change Quisqualis malabarica to Combretum malabaricum.

Fantastic Dear … This was first spotted by me on 20-01-2011. Good that you had now sorted out the ID issues..

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