Sin: අඹේපුස්ස ambēpussa

‘Mango Creeper’  -Town, SBP,  Sri Lanka

From Sin: amba, ‘mango’ and puswela, ‘elephant creeper’. 

The scientific name for this large woody climber is Entada phaseoloides/pusaetha. It is a liana, a long woody vine that wraps itself around other trees plants. They are a key feature of tropical rather than temperate forests.

Ambepussa suggests a mango tree draped in its snake-like branches.

Cave (1910) also notes that ‘good snipe shooting is to be had here from November to February’.

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.


Pus Wel a.k.a. Elephant Creeper             HasinduChamika