Ampelocissus indica (L.) Planch., Vigne Amer. Vitic. Eur. 8: 375 1884. (Syn: Ampelocissus arnottiana Planch.; Ampelopsis indica (L.) Blume; Cissus indica (L.) Walp.; Vitis indica L.);
S-India (Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu), Sri Lanka as per Catalogue of Life;

Scandent shrub; branches striate, ferruginous-wooly. Leaves simple, broadly ovate, sometimes angled, cordate at base, dentate-serrate at margin with teeth hardened at tip, acuminate at apex, coriaceous, glabrescent above, ferruginous-hairy beneath; petioles 2-8 cm long. Inflorescences dense racemes of umbels; primary branch ca 1 cm long; racemes 3-5 x ca 1 cm; peduncles to 5 cm long; tendrils simple, ca 10 cm long. Flowers reddish brown; pedicels ca 2 mm long. Calyx saucer-like, entire, glabrous. Petals oblong-ovate, ca 2 mm long, glabrous. Disc elongate, covering most of ovary, 5-furrowed. Berries globose; seeds suborbicular in outline, mucronate at base, ca 7 x 5.5 mm, with a longitudinal ridge and a broad groove on either side on adaxial surface and an elliptic chalazal knot and very fine fissures radiating towards margin on abaxial surface.

Flowering and fruiting: March-September
Semi-evergreen forests
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi
ANDEC74 Ampelocissus indica : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (6)
Agumbe, Karnataka
26th December 2014



Agumbe :: Ampelocissus indica :: DVJAN70 : 3 posts by 2 authors.
Agumbe Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

Date: 26 DEC 2014 … Altitude: about 700 m asl

Ampelocissus indica Planch. … (family: Vitaceae)



Anshi Ghat Karnataka

Date: 25 MAY 2013 … Altitude: 340 – 380 m asl

Ampelocissus indica (L.) Planch. (family: Vitaceae)


ANAPR19 Ampelocissus indica (L.) Planch. : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Family: Vitaceae
Date: 5th April 2015
Place: Agumbe, Karnataka
Habit: Climber
Flowers and leaves can be seen at this post.

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am-pel-oh-SISS-us — Greek: ampelos (vine) and Latin: cissus (ivy) … Dave’s Botanary
IN-dih-kuh or in-DEE-kuh — of or from India … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known asred-stemmed wild grape-vine • Kannadaಚೆಂಬಳ್ಳಿ chemballiತಾಮ್ರವಲ್ಲಿ tamravalli • Malayalamചെന്പറവള്ളി cenparavalli • Marathiरान द्राक्ष ran draksha • Tamilசம்பாரவல்லி campara-valli • Tuluಚೆಂಬಳ್ಳಿ chemballi
botanical namesAmpelocissus indica (L.) Planch. … synonymVitis indica L. … The Plants List (2013). Version 1.1.

Excellent photograph..

am-pel-oh-SISS-us — Greek: ampelos (vine); Latin: cissus (ivy) … Dave’s Botanary
IN-dih-kuh or in-DEE-kuh — of or from India … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: red-stemmed wild grape-vine • Kannada: ಚೆಂಬಳ್ಳಿ chemballi, ಸಾಂಬಾರ ಬಳ್ಳಿ sambhara balli, ಸನ್ಯಾಸಿ ಗಡ್ಡೆ sanyasi gadde, ತಾಮ್ರವಲ್ಲಿ tamravalli • Malayalam: ചെമ്പ്രവള്ളി chembravalli • Marathi: रान द्राक्ष ran draksha • Sanskrit: अम्लवेतसः amlavetasah • Tamil: சம்பாரவல்லி campara-valli • Tulu: ಚೆಂಬಳ್ಳಿ chemballibotanical namesAmpelocissus indica (L.) Planch. … synonymAmpelocissus arnottiana Planch. • Vitis indica L. … The Plants List (2013). Version 1.1.

Bibliography / etymology
~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
red-stemmed wild grape-vine
  • descriptive name given, for want of name
  • or simply red vine … for synonym Vitis indica L. … Tamil lexicon [Madras], University of Madras
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
ಚೆಂಬಳ್ಳಿ chemballi
  • Shodhganga – Medicinal plants of Tulunadu
  • chembu literally means copper or thamra. The plant’s tuber colour is same as that of copper … comment from Sapna J Ukkinadka at facebook.
ಸಾಂಬಾರ ಬಳ್ಳಿ sambhara balli
ಸನ್ಯಾಸಿ ಗಡ್ಡೆ sanyasi gadde
ತಾಮ್ರವಲ್ಲಿ tamravalli
  • Many thanks to Sapna J Ukkinadka for Kannada names of this plant in her post at facebook
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
ചെമ്പ്രവള്ളി chembravalli
  • also ചെന്പ്രാവള്ളി cenpravalli OR ചെന്പറവള്ളി cenparavalli … A Malayalam and English dictionary by Hermann Gundert
    Many thanks to Vinaya Raj V R for help with these variants of names … facebook.
  • this name shared with:
    • Ampelocissus latifolia (Roxb.) Planch. … Shodhganga – Medicinal plants of Tulunadu
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
रान द्राक्ष ran draksha
~~~~~ SANSKRIT ~~~~~
अम्लवेतसः amlavetasah
  • Shodhganga – Medicinal plants of Tulunadu
  • this name shared with:
    • Ampelocissus latifolia (Roxb.) Planch. … ENVIS – FRLHT • Shodhganga – Medicinal plants of Tulunadu
    • Cayratia trifolia (L.) Domin … ENVIS – FRLHT
    • Cissus discolor Blume … synonym of Cissus javana DC. … Shodhganga – Medicinal plants of Tulunadu
    • Cissus repens Lam. … ENVIS – FRLHT • Shodhganga – Medicinal plants of Tulunadu
    • Cissus vitiginea L. … ENVIS – FRLHT
    • Garcinia indica (Thouars) Choisy … ENVIS – FRLHT
    • Garcinia pedunculata Roxb. ex Buch.-Ham. … ENVIS – FRLHT
    • Rheum emodii Wall. ex Meisn. … synonym of Rheum australe D. Don … ENVIS – FRLHT
    • Rumex vesicarius L. … ENVIS – FRLHT
    • Solena heterophylla Lour. subsp. heterophylla … revised from Solena amplexicaulis (Lam.) Gandhi … Indian Medicinal Plants: A Compendium of 500 Species, Volume 5 by V. P. K. Nambiar
~~~~~ TAMIL ~~~~~
சம்பாரவல்லி campara-valli
  • for synonym Vitis indica L. … Tamil lexicon [Madras], University of Madras
~~~~~ TULU ~~~~~
ಚೆಂಬಳ್ಳು chemballu
  • Shodhganga – Medicinal plants of Tulunadu
  • or ಚೆಂಬಳ್ಳಿ chemballi … many thanks to Sapna J Ukkinadka for Kannada names of this plant in her post at facebook
~~~~~ x ~~~~~

Names compiled / updated at


92 ID wild plant: 19 images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Flower date: 27.04.2021, 03.45pm
Altitude: 1400fsl
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: climbing, branches, purpled flexible stem, hairy, spring or hanging thread, long lasting
Height: 06 meters
Leaves: alternate, heart shaped, apex, light purple under-veins, toothed margins, red spotted base
Flower: racemose inflorescence, diameter:02mm, pale white, non fragrant
Fruit: globular green diameter:7mm, edible tamarind taste before ripen
Camera: mobile LG K10 2017 13mp +macro lens

Looks Ampelocissus species(Vitaceae)

Great …, yes it is.

I think it appears close to images at Ampelocissus indica (L.) Planch. as per comparative images at Ampelocissus and as per keys and description in Flora of Peninsular India.

The fruits of my A. Indica is ripening, sweet, delicious. I am happy to sharing more information and images,
Fruit: globular green into purple, diameter:7mm, tamarind taste before ripen, edible sweet delicious taste of common grapes
Seed: black, 4 nos., pear shaped, size:3×2mm
2 images.



References: Catalogue of Life  POWO  The Plant List Ver.1.1  Kerala Plants  Dinesh Valke’s Flickr Post  India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora  Flora of Peninsular India  Flowers of India