Ipomoea quamoclit Linn

Synonym ► Quamoclitpinnata Bojer.

Family ► Convolvulaceae.

Habitat ► Native to tropical America; grown as an ornamental.

English ► Cypress Vine, Indian Pink.

Ayurvedic ► Kaamalataa.

Siddha/Tamil ► Kembumalligai, Mayirmanikkam.

Action ► Powdered root is given as a sternutatory. Pounded leaves are applied to bleeding piles.

The leaves and stems are reported to contain small amounts of alkaloids. Traces of hydrocyanic acid are present also in roots, stems and flowers.

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