Artabotrys hexapetalus (L.f.) Bhandari
Synonym : Annona hexapetala L. f.
Family : Annonaceae
Local Names : Manoranjini, Madana-kameswari, Bhandari vine
Flowering and fruiting period: January – May
Habitat: Grown as garden plant, also naturalised
IUCN status: Data Deficient
Uses: Ornamental. The flowers yield an essential oil, used in perfumeries. The flowers are used to scent tea. A decoction of the leaves is used as a treatment against cholera. The fruit is used to treat scrofula. A fibre obtained from the plant is said to be of good length.
Key Characters: Climbing shrubs; branchlets slightly puberulous. Leaves alternate, elliptic-oblong, glabrous. Flowers solitary or paired on terminal or leaf opposed hooked peduncles, fragrant; pedicels pubescent. Sepals ovate, recurved, pubescent. Petals lanceolate, saccate or concave at base, appressed - villous. Stamens many, anthers beaked concealing the anther cells. Carpels many, oblong, pubescent or glabrous; ovules 2; stigma clavate. Fruitlets 14-20, ovoid, apiculate, glabrous; seeds brown.