Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Basella alba L.

Family: Basellaceae Genus: Basella Species: Basella alba L.






Synonym Basella rubra, Basella nigra Flower Color Red - Pink
Common Name Indian Spinach, Ceylon spinach, red vine spinach, climbing spinach Flower Type Panicle
English / Trade Name Creeping Spinach, Buffalo Spinach, Malabar Spinach And Ceylon Spinach Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name Uroksumban Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude Up to 500 m Fruit Type Berry
Habit Climber Fruit Details Pea-size, dark purple, juicy fruits follow the flower and berries are fleshy and purplish black and the juice is sometimes used as a dye
Habitat Occous in thickets, forest border and scrub jungle Bark Type Smooth
Distribution India, China, New Guinea, Tropical Africa, Brazil, Belize, Colombia Bark Details Smooth, twining herbaceous
Distribution in manipur Eastern Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Ovate
Description of Species It is a fast-growing, soft-stemmed vine, reaching 10 metres length thick, semi-succulen Leaf Details Leaves to 5 x 4 cm, ovate, acute or obtuse, rounded at base, thick, fleshy, glabrous; petiole 1 cm long

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details

No Specimen Found