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’.


Pus Wel a.k.a. Elephant Creeper             HasinduChamika