Operculina turpethum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Operculina turpethum (L.) Silva Manso
  • Synonyms : Merremia turpethum (L.) Rendle
  • Common Name : Nasottar, Pithori, Transparent Wood Rose, White Day Glory, Indian Jalap
  • Plant Family : Convolvulaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan

About Operculina turpethum Plant :

  • Habit : A perennial extensive climber with milky sap with stems narrowly winged, pubescent.
  • Leaves : Variable in shape, cordate or truncate at base, pubescent on both sides.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary or in few-flowered cymes.
  • Flowers : Flowers having peduncles, calyx lobes subequal, minutely pubescent, much enlarged in fruit. Corolla white.
  • Fruit : Depressed globose. Seeds dull black, obscurely trigonous.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October onwards.
  • Significance :The root of the plant has been used for long as a valuable purgative, known in commerce under the name of Turpeth Root or Indian Jalap.