Ceropegia bulbosa

Ceropegia bulbosa Roxb.

Family     :  Asclepiadaceae

Common Name  :  खडूला(Hin)

                                  Bulbous Ceropegia(Eng)

Trees, to 10 m high, bark pale brown; young twigs glabrescent. Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; 7-14.5 x 3-5.5 cm, elliptic, oblong, obovate, oblong-obovate, elliptic-oblong or elliptic-obovate, base acute, apex acute to acuminate, coriaceous, margin entire, lateral veins 8-10 pairs, slender, pinnate, prominent, intercostae reticulate, domatia present; petiole 4-8 mm long, slender, glabrous, grooved above. 

 Flowers yellowish-green, solitary, axillary or from mature branches. Sepals 3, triangular, persistent. Petals 6 (3+3) ovate-acute, yellow, thick, glabrous, outer ones 2.5-3.5 x 2-2.5 cm, base cordate, apex acuminate, inner petals ca. 1.5 x 1 cm, shortly stipitate. Stamens many, 4-5 mm long, linear, filaments broad at base, with capitate top of the connective. Carpels superior, ca. 4 mm long, linear, slightly curved, strigose; style broad at base, stigma entire. Fruit ovoid to obovoid, 15-25 x 10-15 cm, green, covered with curved spines, stalks 2-3 cm long, stout; seeds many, reddish-brown, ca. 1.5 cm long. 



In Manipur, leaves are warmed, crushed and applied to annus as a remedy for bleeding piles. Seed oil is purgative. Leaf-paste is used as poultice on sores, gout or rheumatic swellings. Decoction of root is given in lumbago. For lactation, leaves of the plant are heated and applied to a woman's breasts to improve secretion of milk.


 India and Pakistan.

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