Field Bindweed
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Field Bindweed
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Common name: Field Bindweed • Hindi: हिरनपग Hiranpug, Hiranpadi • Kannada: ಹಸರಾಣಿ Hasaraani • Kashmiri: ﺗﮭﹹﺮﹶﻳﭙﻮﺵ Thurae posh • Marathi: चान्द वेल Chand-wel • Tamil: பூமி சக்ர பூண்டு Bhoomi Chakra Poondu • Nepali: हलिनखुर Halinkhur
Botanical name: Convolvulus arvensis    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Synonyms: Convolvulus prostratus F. W. Schmidt, Convolvulus sagittifolius

Field Bindweed is a climbing or creeping herbaceous perennial plant growing to 0.5-2 m high. The leaves are spirally arranged, linear to arrowhead-shaped, 2-5 cm long and alternate, with a 1-3 cm leaf-stalk. The flowers are trumpet-shaped, 1-2.5 cm diameter, white or pale pink, with five slightly darker pink radial stripes. Flowering occurs in the mid-summer, when white to pale pink, funnel-shaped flowers develop. Flowers are approximately 2.0-2.5 cm across and are subtended by small bracts. Fruits are light brown, rounded and 3 mm wide. Each fruit contains 2 seeds that are eaten by birds and can remain viable in the soil for decades. Field Bindweed is generally considered a weed. Field Bindweed is native to Native to Europe and Asia. It is found in the Himalayas at altitudes of 2600-4100 m. It is cultivated and naturalized in the rest of India.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé, Vinay R. Kolte Photographed in Sundar Nursery, Delhi.

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