Scientific Name: Hemidesmus indicus
Family: Apocynaceae (Milk weed family)
Tamil Name: Nannari
Description: Nannari is a species of plant that is found in South Asia. It is a slender, twining, sometimes prostrate or semi-erect shrub. It trails on the round and becomes a twiner when attached to a plant. Reaching up to 1-3 m. Roots are woody and aromatic. The flowers are greenish outside, purplish inside. Flowers have 5 petals, greenish on the outside and purple to yellowish orange on the inside. The flower petals are fleshy, typical of the Milkweed family to which it belongs. Flowering is between October to January.
Note: Nannari as it is sometimes called is used to make beverages and also used in traditional medicine. The syrup made with an infusion of the roots is used to make a Sherbet, a drink and is served at most small refreshment shops in Southern India.
Photo source: Dr. J. Subramanean