Plant for ID 16/09/2011 SMP2

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Satish Phadke

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Sep 16, 2011, 9:50:41 AM9/16/11
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A cucurbitaceae member for ID
It was interesting to note bracts(?) on a long pedicel

Date/Time-

 

15/09/2011

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-

 

Pune City

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-

 

Wild

Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-  

 

Climber.

Height/Length-

 

 

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-

 

Palmately lobed Alternate. Tendrils present.

Inflorescence Type/ Size-

 

Axillary solitary

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-

 

3 sm Yellow   Bract like leaf present on the long pedicel

 

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-

 

Not observed

Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.-

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Tanay Bose

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Sep 16, 2011, 10:09:39 AM9/16/11
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Hi Satish Ji
I think this is Momordica charantia. Kindly see the attached paper for 
confirmation.
Tanay
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Momordica.pdf

Satish Phadke

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Sep 16, 2011, 10:39:07 AM9/16/11
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Dear Tanay 
Thanks for the link of the paper.
The key given considers the typeof bract which is important....
It does lead to the said ID of Momordica charantia 
"Karla" कार्ला the bitter vegetable.
Dr Phadke

Giby Kuriakose

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Sep 17, 2011, 1:30:21 AM9/17/11
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The male flowers of Momordica charantia of Cucurbitaceae family. 

You mention it as wild. Was it close to the habitation?
 If so, I feel that this could be a garden escape. 


Regards,
Giby


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Satish Phadke

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Sep 30, 2011, 5:32:52 AM9/30/11
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Yes Giby ji
You are right. I mentioned it wild because it was growing in an open area in the city itself so nobody must have planted it. It must have sprouted from the seeds of thrown garbage which is not uncommon with many cucurbitaceae members.
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