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Dinesh Valke

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Nov 1, 2010, 5:00:39 AM11/1/10
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Apocynaceae (dogbane, or oleander family) »  Strophanthus gratus
Synonym: Roupellia grata


stroh-FAN-thus -- twisted cord flower
GRAH-tus -- pleasant, charming


commonly known as: climbing oleander, cream fruit, rose allamanda


Native to: West Africa


Attached view from Chota Kashmir, Aarey Milk Colony, Mumbai.
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Gurcharan Singh

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Nov 1, 2010, 9:12:12 AM11/1/10
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Interesting plant, Dinesh ji


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Prashant awale

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Nov 1, 2010, 9:35:23 AM11/1/10
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Really interesting plant.
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Prashant

tanay bose

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Nov 1, 2010, 10:09:25 AM11/1/10
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Very interesting Plant
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Pankaj Kumar

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Nov 3, 2010, 3:06:01 PM11/3/10
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Strophanthus gratus (Wall. et Hook.) Baill. Hist. Pl. (Baillon) 10: 171. 1889

Syn: Roupellia grata Wall. & Hook. Bot. Mag. 75: t. 4466. 1849.

Please find the original sketch from protologue (t. 4466) attached.

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Padmini Raghavan

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Nov 3, 2010, 3:12:58 PM11/3/10
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Could you please tell me if this is the same flower?
 It was on a creeper on the wall of a nursey at Bangalore.
Thanks,
Padmini Raghavan.

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Pankaj Kumar

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Nov 3, 2010, 3:14:31 PM11/3/10
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Looks same to me....
Thanks a lot for sharing.
Regards
Pankaj

Satish Phadke

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Nov 4, 2010, 3:57:08 AM11/4/10
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Observing the responses I was wondering what is so interesting in this flower . No doubt the flower is large, beautiful, colourful. I read the description from Dinesh carefully. The meaning of Strophanthus: 'Twisted cord flower' appeared interesting to me but still couldn't understand it. This prompted me to search on Wikipedia which gave the following result.

Somehow this feature is not visible here but is present in some other species of Strophanthus.

Will post one of the pictures from my collection in separate thread.

The genus is really interesting!!!

Strophanthus is a genus of 35-40 species of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae, native mainly to tropical Africa, extending to South Africa, with a few species in Asia, from southern India to the Philippines and southern China. The name (strophos anthos, "twisted cord flower") derives from the long twisted threadlike segments of the corolla, which in one species (S. preussii) attain a length of 30–35 cm.

The genus includes vines, shrubs and small trees. The leaves are opposite or whorled, simple broad lanceolate, 2–20 cm long, with an entire margin.

Several of the African tribes used Strophanthus as the principal ingredient in arrow poison.

Pankaj Kumar

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Nov 4, 2010, 4:04:04 AM11/4/10
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Thats interesting, most probably because they look like chords!! :)

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Pankaj

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