Caralluma umbellata

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Caralluma of Asclepiadaceae. Pl id the species (C. umbellata, C. diffusa or ???)
Caralluma diffusa
It is not Caralluma diffusa for sure.
Most probably it is c. umbellata but still I am confusing
U can send me more details regarding place of collection and main characters.
But I don't have much details about the plant. It is planted at the FRLHT garden, and must have been collected by ... from Chitradurga or Savandurga in Karnataka.
I have seen C. diffusa in Tiruvannamalai (my study area), and is distinct from this plant by having diffuse and branched stems and few-flowered umbels.
I also think this is C. umbellata. Flower color and striations seem to be variable. Is there a variety in C. umbellata? Please validate.
When you collect C. diffusa from Thiruvannamali?
It is rediscovered in this February after 160 years by V. S. ramachandran et al.
Yes may be that is a variant of umbellata
In my hand also have one.
For validation I want the live collection.
If that is interesting then we can do a compined work.
Actually I am specialized in Zingiberaceae in India under Dr. M. Sabu, Professor, Dept. of Botany, Calicut University.
The revision is over.
My other specilaized genera: Premna, Striga and Caralluma
I read the article in JoTT (
It is an interesting find. Congrats to VSR sir and his team.
But I guess Gravely & Mayuranathan have collected it in 1926. I am not sure about that, though.

050612 BRS 373 for id. request.:
Pl. find the attached file contain photo of Cactus for id. request.
Location: Devanurpudur, Pollachi
Habitat: wild
It look likes Euphorbia antiquorum for me.
Not Euphorbia, this may be some Asclepediaceae plant. Any Carulluma?
Yes, It is Caralluma.
Most probably it is C. umbellata or C. diffusa
Any flower photo??
It looks more of Caralluma umbellata to me too.

Kallupatti flora 150913 TBN 2 ?Caralluma for id : Attachments (2).3 posts by 2 authors.
Please identify this plant details of which are as follows:
Date : 09.06.13                                                             
Location :T.Kallupatti, Madurai dt, Tamilnadu
Altitude :less thasn 500ft
Habitat :wild on small hillock
Habit :herb on rock
Height :about 1 foot
Leaves :as shown
Flowers :
Fruits :,
It may be Caralluma umbellata.
Thanks for the id.

ID please : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4) 
Id Please 
Euphorbia sp.
At Nallamala forest, Srisailam, AP
Can this be Caralluma sp of Apocynace
no wonder the flower buds reminded me of the milkweed flower buds
now I know why 
Got the ID
It is caralluma umbellata

ANAPR45 Caralluma umbellata Haw. : 12 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (6)
Family: Apocynaceae
Date: 17th April 2015
Place: Nandi Hills, Bangalore, Karnataka
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Scrub forest

Wow, wonderful pics.. Thanks for sharing..
Thank you ma'am. I am told this it is quite common in deciduous forests where rocky patches on slopes are found. And as I have observed, they prefer a rocky habitat, little soil and hot and dry conditions. I have been growing one at home and had kept it in the shade for the better part of last year. Later, a friend told me that unless I expose it to direct, harsh sunlight causing it to become purple, I couldn't possibly expect it to flower!
yes nurturing a cactus in india esp in coastal areas is a fine tuned dance of moving it around
most of the cactii in casually maintained gardens in bengal tend to die...
for a plant that's does not seem to be not really finicky, turns out to be the most finicky..
high moisture in the air is the biggest enemy at least here in bengal
good luck with your caralluma
Thank you ...
I do suppose that maintaining cacti and succulents is quite different as may be in this case.
Caralluma being in Apocynaceae still requires more water than cacti as I am told by a gardener.
yes. it tolerates it better
Nice ..., Caralluma is eaten as a salad, it is commercialy used in Pharmaceutical industry along with other species of Caralluma. Monkeys will eat it. It can be cooked just like bitter guard. it is used in weight management and arthritis.

TSPOCT2015-39: Images of Caralluma umbellata (Apocynaceae) shared. : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
It is my pleasure to share few images of Caralluma umbellata (Apocynaceae
Habit: Perennial herb
Habitat: Xerophytic, Scrub forest..
Sighting: Siddarabetta, Tumkur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl.
Date: 29-7-2015
Wonderful photographs.

Submission of Caralluma lasiantha : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Plant name: Caralluma umbellata Haw., Syn. Pl. Succ. 47. 1812.
Syn. Caralluma lasiantha N.E.Br.
Ver.names: Umbelled caralluma (Eng.); Kundeti kommulu కుందేటికొమ్ములు (Tel.)
Family: Apocynaceae
Perennial diffuse herbs, stems  succulent, leafless,  green, 4 angled, 1- 1.5cm across, 30- 40 cm tall. Leaves minute, early deciduous. Flowers dark purple, 1.5-2 cm across, in 5-6 cm across many flowered terminal globose umbels. Pedicel 2-2.5 cm long. Calyx 5-partite, lobes ovate –lanceolate, 3-5mm long. Corolla 1.2-2cm across, broadly campanulate, valvate in bud; inner face dark purple or purple with fine yellow concentric lines; covered with very many 1-2mm long spindle shaped purple hairs on the margin and on the inner face; (C.lasiantha) lobes triangular. Corona double, the outer with 5, 2 cuspidate lobes, and the inner attached to the staminal column. Carpels 2, stigma 5 angled. Follicle not observed.  
Habitat & location: Common in rock crevices in hills. Flower remains fresh for 3 days.
Medicinal Uses: Stems stomachic, and used to manage indigestion. Tender stems are used as blood purifier for women. The inner pulp of the stem is an excellent cure for cracked feet.