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  Cocculus hirsutus
  Citation:  Cocculus hirsutus (L.) Diels in Engl., Pflanzenreich Menispermac. 236. 1910; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 29(21). 1915; Gangop. in B. D. Sharma et al., Fl. India 1:318.1993; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 7. 2002. Menispermum hirsutum L., Sp. Pl. 341. 1753. Cocculus villosus (Lam.) DC., Syst. 1: 525. 1817; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 101. 1872.
  Malayalam Name(s): Pathalagarudakkodi
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Broom creeper, Ink berry
  Description: Slender climbers, young branchlets tomentose. Leaves simple, alternate, 1.5-7 x 0.5-4.7 cm, variable in shape, the lower leaves of the main branches larger, sometimes 3-5 lobed, upper leaves smaller, narrowly to broadly ovate to elliptic, base cuneate to slightly cordate, apex obtuse to rounded and mucronulate, basal nerves 5; petioles 0.3-2 cm, long, pilose. Inflorescence of 2-3 cymules clustered together, peduncled, 0.5-2.5 cm long, tomentose. Male flowers: sepals greenish, pilose, 3 inner broadly ovate to obovate, 1.5-2.5 mm long, 3 outer oblong to lanceolate, 1.4-2 mm long; petals ovate-oblong, 0.5-1.5 mm long, sparsely pubescent to glabrous; stamens 0.7-1 mm long. Female flowers: staminodes 0.5 mm long; carpels 3, 0.7-1 mm long. Drupes turning black, 4-8 mm diam.; endocarp ridged with a prominent dorsal crest.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): Palakkad
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests
  Distribution: Tropical Africa, Asia from Central Arabia to South China
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Kuchimudi
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