Common or Indian Madder

Rubia cordifolia

Common Madder, Rubia cordifolia, by Michael Plagens

Among a roadside tangle of vines on the Elgeyo Escarpment, Iten, Kenya. July 2014.

LEAVES: There are three or four leaves at each stem node. The blade is heart-shaped and supported on a long petiole.

VINE: Long slender stems are angular in cross-section and have minute backward facing hooks that aid the plant in clinging to supports.

FLOWERS: The white flowers are small and borne in panicled clusters.

RANGE: Warm temperate regions in Asia, Europe and Africa. Madder was once cultivated extensively for the red dye contained on roots.



Rubiaceae -- Coffee Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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