Operculina turpethum (L.) Silva.

  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Convolvulaceae
  • Species : Operculina turpethum
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Operculina turpethum (L.) Silva Manso
  • Common name : Indian jalap
  • Vernacular name : Nisoth, Nisotur, Pitowri (Hin.); Sivadai, Kumbam, Caralam (Tam.); Tella tegada, Nalla tegada, Erra tegada (Tel.); Dudholomo (Ori.)
  • Key identification features : Flowers open after 9 am, enveloped in a woody calyx.
  • Habit : Climber
  • Flower, Fruit : October-February
  • Comments : Occasional on plains, along river banks and along moist places of hills.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Coimbatore district, Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district), Dharmapuri district (Tamil Nadu State); Tirumala Hills (Chittoor district), Kadapa district, Kurnool district, East Godavari district, Srikakulam district, West Godavari district (Andhra Pradesh State)
  • World Distribution : Old World tropics; Introduced to Caribbean
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2; J.L.Ellis, 1990- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 2 ; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Operculina turpethum. Downloaded on 9 August 2020.

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