Scientific Name: Solena amplexicaulis
Tamil Name: Pulivanchi
Description: Creeping cucumber is a climbing perennial herb with several tuberous roots and slender, branched furrowed stem bearing simple tendrils. Leaves are broadly ovate, 0.5-1.5 cm long, and have many different forms. They can be nearly circular, ovate, oblong or narrowly lance-shaped, 3-5 angled or lobed, deeply heart-shaped at the base. Flowers are small, yellow or white
Habitat and distribution: It occurs in deciduous forest areas, also in the plains
Note: Fruit is oblong-ovoid, cylindrical, bright red when ripe. Flowering in April-July. It helps maintain a healthy skin and is an important ingredient of skin conditioning lotions.
Photos source: Dr. J. Subramanean