Moon Vine   
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Moon Vine
aturalized Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Moonflower vine, Moon vine, दूधियाकलमी Dudhiakalmi (Hindi), गुलचांदी Gulchandi (Marathi), Candra pushpa (Kannada), Naganamukkorai (Tamil)
Botanical name: Ipomoea alba    Family: Convolvulaceae (morning glory family)

Moon vine is a vigorous twining vine that is very fast growing in really hot weather. Mon vine is a close relative of the morning glory, and has similar heart shaped leaves that are a rich green and 4-8 inches long. However, unlike its cousine, its buds open in late afternoon and shrivel up by morning. For this reason, it is sometimes also called evening glory. Although the individual flowers of moon vine have a short life, they are of large size, and are produced in large numbers. These are held on a stem that bears several buds simultaneously, not all of which bloom the same night. The long 4 in buds are also very attractive especially in the hours just before the flower opens. And what a fabulous flower the moon vine produces - they are fluted funnels sculpted in purest alabaster white. About the diameter of a saucer measuring 5-6 inches across. As if the moonflower was not already enchanting enough, it also has a delightful fragrance to complement its beauty and perfume warm summer nights. Native to American tropics, moon vine can be seen growing wild in India.
Photographed in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
Identification credit: Navendu Pagé If yes,