Common name: Rajmahal Hemp, Devil’s Tongue, Bush Banana • Hindi: Jiti, मरुआबेल Maruabel • Malayalam: Perumkurumba • Oriya: mendi • Sanskrit: मधुरसा Madhurasa, मधूलिका Madhulika, मोरटा Morata • Tamil: panjukkodi • Telugu: kaarudushtupatige,

Stem and petiole densely hairy. Petiole 5-9 cm long. Leaf-blade 7-18 cm long, 6-16 cm wide, velvety pubescent above, densely tomentose beneath. Cymes hairy. Calyx-lobes about 2 mm long, densely hairy without. Corolla 0.4-0.5 cm in diameter, densely pubescent without; lobes about as long as the tube. Corona-segments truncate, emarginate or shortly bifid. Merocarps 7-17 cm long, up to 6 cm wide, velvety pubescent.

Flowering and fruiting: August-December
Dry deciduous forests
Peninsular India
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Images by R Gnanavel (Id by Vijayasankar Raman & C. Kunhikannan) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)


Padamiratti in Tamil is Clerodendrum species. Your plant is not Clerodendrum species. See link
As your plant contains latex, it could be a climber of Asclepiadaceae.
Do you have any flower photographs or other siddha/ Tamil name.

Leaves have resemblance to Pergularia tomentosa and Marsdenia sps

Marsdenia tenacissima, I guess.

Please check for Marsdenia tenacissima of Asclepiadaceae

Wonderful plant

Used as an anticancer herbal medicine is known to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells and ALSO prevent the capillary formation around and in tumors that feed the tumors
I think this plant has great potential as anti cancer herbal medicine without  the hassles of the chemo regimes, i hope can be co-used with conventional chemo, thereby requiring less chemo, and  that such an integrated protocol is developed soon.
Lets which country does this the fastest by providing proper funds, atmosphere and academic independence to researchers.


id please: 6 images.
milk also comes out of it
Photographed on 9-4-2023 from Gir forest in Gujarat.

Marsdenia tenacissima (Roxb.) Moon

Yes, as per images at


  1. Jacqueline Portenlänger

    Dear ladies and gentlemen from eFlora of India,

    for my bachelor thesis in the department of pharmacognosy at the University of Innsbruck in Austria I would like to show an illustration of the plant Marsdenia tennacissima. Unfortunately, I have not yet found a suitable image without copyright. Therefore I wanted to ask for permission to use your plant photo for my bachelor thesis? My interest is the third picture in the upper row (M. tenacissima photographed by Gnanavel Rathinam) Of course with all necessary references. I would be very happy if this is possible.

    With best regards