Cardiospermum halicacabum L.

 
  • Family : SAPINDACEAE
    (SOAPBERRY FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Sapindaceae
  • Species : Cardiospermum halicacabum
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Cardiospermum halicacabum L.
  • Common name : Balloon-vine heart-seed, Heart's Pea
  • Vernacular name : Kanphata, Kanphuti (Hin.); Bekkinabudde gida (Kan.); Modakkathan (Tam.); Budda kakara (Tel.); Phatka, Mayajaal, Sibjhol, Kanphuta (Ori.); Jotishmati, Karavi, Parvatapadi (San.)
  • Key identification features : A small annual climbing herb with slender, smooth branches. Leaves are alternate, broad, segmented with toothed margin. Flowers are small (1.2-1.4 cm across) in axillary umbels on a coiled wiry tendril. Fruit is 3-angled and inflated.
  • Habit : Climber
  • Flower, Fruit : April- November
  • Comments : Common along streams in forests, along hedges etc.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Srikakulam district, West Godavari district, Tirumala Hills (Chittoor district), East Godavari district, South Dhone R.F. (Kurnool district), Perecharla R.F. (Guntur district), Palakonda R.F. (Kadapa district) (Andhra Pradesh State)
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Tropical and Sub-tropical Africa, Molucca; Introduced in Tropical America
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; J.L.Ellis, 1987- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1 ; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District
  • 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=Cardiospermum halicacabum. Downloaded on 11 August 2020.

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