Flagellaria indica   Linn.  (Plant)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Liliopsida

Perennial climbers, 2-10 m long; stems, woody, smooth, glabrous, turning yellow when dry. Leaves bifarious, ovate-lanceolate or linear, ending in a fine slender spiral tendril, base rounded or slightly cordate, abruptly contracted into a dorsally flattened petiole. Panicle erect, mostly forked. Flowers solitary, subtended by a short, broad bract; tepals oval, white. Drupes subglobose. Fruits are small, green berry-like, pinkish red when ripes.

Flowering and fruiting season: Throughout the year.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Bahumruga
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Basket making)

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Producer


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Estuary INDIA
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Debnath, HS (2004) Mangroves of Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Taxonomy and ecology Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun, India 133 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rajendra N and Sanjeevi SB (2004) Flowering plants and fern in mangrove ecosystems of India: An identification manual ENVIS centre, Annamalai University, Parangipettai, Tamil Nadu, India. 110 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kumar, VS (2005) An overview of mangroves in Andamans and its significance in maintenance of natural ecosystem Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 200-212 Available at - http://www.sdmri.org/reports/proceedings%202005%20-%20sdmri.pdf
  • Dutta, SK (2007) Biodiversity assessment of Dhamra port site and surrounding areas, Orissa Greenpeace India 4-38 Available at - http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/content/india/press/reports/greenpeace-biodiversity.pdf
  • Banerjee, LK and Roa, TA (2001) Flora of the Mahanadi Delta, Orissa Botanical Survey of India 1-307 Available at - NIO,Goa

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