anamirta coculus , pollakkuru
Pollavally pollakkurua anamirta cocculus
The monsoon rains add a awful charm to the Valluvanadan snake groves .Snake groves ,the trees and plants send new shoots.ferms spring up on the trunks of creeper snaked dark wet trees. strange lillies come up and bloom.mysterious mushrooms pop up in thw dark wet sides of trunks.he crickets chirp day and night..owlets challenge even the clouded sun even at noon in non caesarian days . The frozen sky in the overcast sky goes down,,
but when the sun sets the heady scent spreads ,,,the darkness grows upon the wet branches of the smell… a wet heady smell that can spread easily more than four hundred meters very easily.yes if you trace the smell you will reach near a snake grove where the creeper pollavally remains bloomed’.
Pollavally is a creeper that is common in Valluvanadan snake groves.
It is commonly known as fish berry.The local fisher men used to collect the fruits pollkkuru and used the dried fruit as a method to stupify fish and then captured .,The method is regarded as unhealthy and lacking sportsman spirit.
Pollavally is a woody wine with a corky grey bark.the creepers winds upon trees,leaves are ovate with pointed tapering apex with heart shaped base,fruits appear in long clusters very charning to look at.
, white coloured fruits turn violet when matured.flowers are greenish flourescent yellow in colour and it has deep fragrance that can spread far and wide.
It is called Indian berry,fish berry,levant nut and crew killer; the snaking Pollavalli creepers add a touch of wildermess to the snake grove. The creeper is a rare variety in Valluvanadan villages as more than sixty percent of the snake groves have been destroyed.
Anamirta cocculus belongs to the family of Menispemaceae.