Periploca calophylla (Wight) Falc., Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. 1: 115 1841. (syn: Periploca calophylla var. calophylla ; Streptocaulon calophyllum Wight);
China (Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, India (NE-India, subtropical & temperate Himalayas, Upper Gangetic Plains, Darjeeling), Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir), Nepal, Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma] (Kachin, Mandalay), Bhutan, Sikkim as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Pretty-Leaved Silkflower Vine

Extensive, wiry twiner. Leaves narrowly ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, 4-8 x 0.5-2.2cm, apex long acuminate to caudate, base cuneate; petiole 1.5-3mm. Flowers yellow green, pinkish to purple red, in 5-15 flowered cymes. Cyme branches 3-9mm long, slender; pedicels 2-3mm. Calyx lobes c 2mm long, minutely ciliate. Corolla tube c 1mm long; lobes 5-6 x c 2mm, glabrous or puberulent within, margins often recurved; central lobe of corolline coronal scale 3-5mm long, pubescent. stamens beared on their backs, c 1.5mm high. Follicles 8-17 x 0.5-0.7cm. Seeds 1-1.3 x c o.1 cm; coma 3-4cm.

Fl. November-April.
Warm broad-leaved forests, 900-2000m.
(Attributions- A.J.C. Grierson & D.G. Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RGoB and RBGE. 1999 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)

Addition of Periploca calophylla to your database : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Sending two photos of a much branched climber Periploca calophylla (Asclepiadaceae) for addition to your website.
Photographed in:  Shillong, Dec. 2017
Alt: 1500m asl

Thanks, …, for superb addition.


Periploca calophylla for id validation- NS March 2018::01 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

This taxon has recently been added to eFI database, I am posting supplementary images of the same, for addition as well as validation.
I hope the identification is right.
Periploca calophylla, recorded from near Dehradun, Uttrakhand, I had seen it elsewhere also, but never in flowers

Yes to me also appear close to images at Periploca calophylla

on target … it is Periploca calophylla

Thanks … for confirming..
I had encountered this climber in vegetative phase many times, but no idea what it could be, finding it in flowers solved the mystery for me..!!

Sikkim flora- UP-july-1 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Id of the climber pl- (belonging to Apocynaceae family)

Any Cynanchum sp.? Just guessing..

Does not seem to match with any of the similar species as per comparative images at Apocynaceae

Cryptolepis ??

I do not think so as per Cryptolepis

Two hours !
Periploca calophylla (Wight) Falc.  !!!


id request- Gaundar UK.: 4 images- 2 high res. images.
please check the attached images. Captured Gaundar UK. April 2021.

Secamone emetica, Apocynaceae member,

Though Secamone emetica appears close, it is different from the posted plant and also does not have any distribution in the North India.

I think, Periploca calophylla

Please check Periploca calophylla.

thanks to all for the identification, now I’m back with the fruiting stage of the same plant, which is identified as 𝑷𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒂 𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒑𝒉𝒚𝒍𝒍𝒂, hope this will help better.
4 images- 3 high res.


SK 3919 15 January 2024: 3 very high res. images.

Location: Lankuri Bhanjyang, Lalitpur
Date: 13 January 2024
Elevation: 1830 m.
Habit : Wild
Apocynaceae ??
Produce milky sap.

Periploca calophylla (Wight) Falc. ??

Yes, appears close as per images at





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