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Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Genus: Merremia
Botanical name: Merremia gangeticab
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Akhukarni
Hindi: Musakani
English: Kidney Leaf Morning Glory
Malayalam: Elipongu, Eliccevi
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
This is a slender, prostates, creeping, smooth or somewhat hairy herb. The stems root at the nodes, and are 10-80 cm in length. The leaves are small, kidney-shaped to somewhat heart-shaped, 6-15 mm long, often wider than long, and irregularly toothed. One to three flowers occur on short stalks in the axils of the leaves. The sepals are rounded and about 4 mm long, with few to many white, weak hairs. The corolla is yellow, and nearly twice as long as the calyx. The capsule is rounded and about 5 mm in diameter.
The plant is bitter, acrid, refrigerant, deobstruant, diuretic, alterant, anthelmintic, carminative and digestive. It is useful in nephropathy, cardiac diseases, gastropathy, fever, anaemia, leucoderma, strangury, otalgia and rat bite.
Kidney Leaf Morning Glory
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