Dwarf Morning Glory
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Dwarf Morning Glory
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Common name: Dwarf Morning Glory, Slender Dwarf Morning Glory • Hindi: Visnukrantha, Shyamakrantha • Kannada: ವಿಷ್ಣುಕ್ರಾಂತಿ Vishnukranti, ವಿಷ್ಣುಕ್ರಾಂತ Vishnukranta • Marathi: विश्णु क्रान्ती Vishnukranti • Malayalam: Vishnukranthi • Nepali: शंखपुश्पी Shankhapushpee, आँकुरीफूल Aakureephool • Sanskrit: Vishnugandhi • Tamil: Vishnukranthi • Telugu: Vishnukrantha
Botanical name: Evolvulus alsinoides    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Synonyms: Convolvulus alsinoides

This is a very slender, more or less branched, spreading or ascending, usually extremely hairy herb. The stems are 20-70 cm long, and not twining. The leaves, which are densely clothed with appressed, white, and silky hairs, are variable clothed, lanceolate to ovate, and usually 0.5-1 cm in length (but may be larger); the apex is blunt with a little point and the base is pointed. The flowers are pale blue and 6-8 mm in diameter. The fruit (capsule) is rounded, and usually contains 4 seeds. Dwarf Morning Glory is native to the South America, and is widely naturalized all over the world, including India.
Medicinal uses: The whole plant is used in the Goa territory. It is used extensively as a febrifuge and tonic. With cumin and milk it is used for fevers nervous debility, and loss of memory; also for syphilis, scrofula, etc. it is said to be a sovereign remedy for bowel complaints, especially dysentery.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Manipur, Maharashtra & Delhi.

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