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Red Flame Ivy   
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Red Flame Ivy
ntroduced Photo: Manu Nair
Common name: Red Flame Ivy, Metal leaf, Cemetery plant • Malayalam: Murikooti • Sanskrit: Vranaropani
Botanical name: Hemigraphis colorata    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

It is a prostrate plant with attractive purple colored leaves. Leaves are opposite, ovate, 4.5-8 cm wide, with a somewhat blunt tip and rounded and heart shaped base with toothed margins. Flowers are white, found in terminal spikes up to 7 cm long. Flowers are tubular, cylindrical below, Swollen above, 1.0-1.5 cm long and 5 lobed. Red Flame Ivy is native to Indonesia, cultivated in India.
Medicinal uses: Paste of leaves applied to fresh wounds to stop bleeding and promote healing.

Identification credit: Manu Nair Photographed in Kannur, Kerala.

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