Merremia tridentata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Merremia tridentata (L.) Hallier f.
  • Synonyms : Xenostegia tridentata (L.) D. F. Austin & Staples, Ipomoea tridentatus L.
  • Common Name : Bhintagariyo
  • Plant Family : Convolvulaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Punit Van

About Merremia tridentata Plant :

  • Habit : A slender, perennial, prostrate herb with angular stems.
  • Leaves : Various in shape and size, but deeply emarginated and 3-toothed at the apex, cordate at base, the basal lobes clasping the stem, petioles very short or 0.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary solitary.
  • Flowers : Calyx infundibuliform, outer sepals shorter than inner. Corolla pale yellow.
  • Fruit : Pale brown, glabrous, seeds trigonous, glabrous.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : During monsoon season.
  • Significance :
    • The roots and seeds are used with the medicines which is given in the treatment of rheumatism.
    • Leaves are applied on wounds and the whole plant is boiled in oil and the oil is applied on blotches.