Mansoa alliacea

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Mansoa alliacea (Lam.) A. H. Gentry
  • Synonyms : Bignonia alliacea Lam.
  • Common Name : Garlic Vine
  • Common Name Details :

    The garlic vine is named so because of its leaves and its flowers with its garlicky smell when crushed.

  • Plant Family : Bignoniaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Mansoa alliacea Plant :

  • Habit : An evergreen semi-woody climber.
  • Leaves : Opposite, divided into two ovate leaflets, bright green
  • Flowers : Deep lavender flowers with white throat becoming paler lavender when matures.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Almost throughout the year.
  • Significance :
    • Commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant.
    • It said that this houseplant pushes out all the bad luck from your house.
    • Crushed leaves smell like garlic, although the plant is not related to the common edible onion or garlic at all.
    • This plant is even used as substitute for garlic in food.
    • It is considered analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-pyretic.
    • Both the bark and the leaves are used in tinctures and decoctions. In addition, the leaves are also used as a common remedy for coughs, colds, flu and pneumonia and as a purgative.
    • It is also effective as a mosquito and snakes repellent.