Thunbergia fragrans

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Thunbergia fragrans
Thunbergia fragrans in Talakona, AP W IMG 8506.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Thunbergia
T. fragrans
Binomial name
Thunbergia fragrans
Roxb., 1796
  • Thunbergia convolvuloides Baker
  • Thunbergia laevis Nees.
  • Thunbergia volubilis Pers
Thunbergia fragrans
Specimen in jharkhand, India

Thunbergia fragrans, the whitelady[1] is a perennial climbing twiner in the genus Thunbergia, native to India and Southern Asia.


It is native to India and Southern Asia where it is known as indrapushapa, it is also widespread in the tropics including Florida[2] Hawaii,[3] Australia,[4] New Caledonia, French Polynesia,[5] Caribbean[6] and Indian Ocean islands,[7] southern Africa and Central America[8]

In many places it is considered as an invasive species.


In Indian Siddha medicine, the paste made out of tender twigs of the indrapushapa is used to combat fever and sometimes applied on cuts and wounds. The Leaves are used as poultice in skin diseases, their juice can be applied on head to cure headache.[9]


  1. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Thunbergia fragrans". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ "USDA Plants Database".
  3. ^ "Thunbergia fragrans - White Lady, Whitelady, White Thunbergia, Sweet Clock-vine, White Clock-vine - Hawaiian Plants and Tropical Flowers".
  4. ^ "".
  5. ^ "Thunbergia fragrans Roxb., 1796". Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel.
  6. ^ "Thunbergia fragrans".
  7. ^ "IDAO - Species Search".
  8. ^ "Tropicos".
  9. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (3 May 2012). CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set). ISBN 9781420080445.

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