Field Bindweed   
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Field Bindweed
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Field Bindweed, Hiranpug हिरनपग (Hindi), பூமி சக்ர பூண்டு Bhoomi Chakra Poondu (Tamil), Chand-wel (Marathi)
Botanical name: Convolvulus arvensis      Family: Convolvulaceae (morning glory family)

This prolific, persistent and universal plant is considered a weed and is despised by human beings, who spend long, fruitless hours attempting to exterminate it. Its success can be partly attributed to its root system, with its extensive and deeply descending network of rhizomes, that can penetrate the earth up to a depth of 6 m, and its seeds, which can live in the soil for up to 50 years before germinating. Petals fused together to form a flower having the shape of a trumpet, hence that starts as a narrow tube, but widens into a flared mouth, where the petals often turn slightly back.
Identification credit: Navendu Pagé & Vinay R. Kolte
Photographed in Sundar Nursery, Delhi.
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