Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Convolvulaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate distichous

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Elliptic, Oblong, Lanceolate

Leaf Apex

Leaf Base

Acute

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A perennial prostrate herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Common along foothills, lower slopes, scrub jungles even in poor soils, on bare exposed slopes. More abundant in the hills upto 1500m. Tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

Indigenous Information : Open wounds from knife or axe cuts heal quickly if the juice of the leaves is applied to it. There is a common belief that if a whole plant is uprooted and braided with the hair it stimulates hair growth. If cattle eat the leaves they produce more milk.

Other relevent information : Plant used in traditional medicine.

 

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Names:

English : Little Glory
Irula : Vetusoppu
Tamil : Vishnu kiranthi
Hindi : Vishnu krantha
Malayalam : Vishnu kranthi

Flower:

Solitary, blue, fading by noon. Flowering peaks during November.

Fruit :

A capsule, conical. Seeds glabrous. Fruiting throughout the year.

All from Convolvulaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)