Cryptolepis buchananii – Wax Leaved Climber

Other notes

Other Name Combinations: Cryptolepis dubia (WFO, 2023).


Natural History: A climbing shrub, growing along the forest paths in deciduous and semi-evergreen forests of the Indian subcontinent. It excludes milky latex if injured. Leaves are elliptical, glabrous and shining. Flowers are greenish-yellow and borne in clusters. Fruits are paired, cylindrical pods.



Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. (2018). Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10(4): 11495–11550. [DOI]

Flowers of India (2023): Wax Leaved Climber. Accessed on: 06 Jul 2023. [URL]

WFO (2023): Cryptolepis buchananii Roem. & Schult. Accessed on: 06 Jul 2023. [URL]

Page citation

Kawthankar, N. 2024. Cryptolepis buchananii Roem. & Schult. – Wax Leaved Climber. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/05/24.