State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Argyreia nervosa (Burm. f.) Bojer

  • Family: Convolvulaceae
  • Vernacular names: Maruthudari, Samudrappacha, മരുതുദാരി, സമുദ്രപ്പച്ച (Malayalam), Elephant creeper (English), Vrddhadaru, Samudrapalaka (Sanskrit), Samandarkaphal (Hindi), Samutrappachai (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Indo-Malesia, China and Mauritius
  • Description: Woody climbers. Leaves ovate-cordate, glabrous above, white tomentose beneath. Flowers rose-purple, borne in axillary many-flowered cymes. Fruits globose, apiculate, indehiscent.
  • Habit: Climbers/Lianas
  • Habitat: Grown as medicinal plant
  • Flowering & Fruiting: December-June

  • Parts used: Leaves, root and seeds
  • Properties & Uses: Diuretic and aphrodisiac. whole plant is used for treating gonorrhea and chronic ulcers. Leaves are used externally to treat itching, boils, wounds, ringworm, eczema and skin diseases. Root is used as a tonic and to treat gonorrhea, rheumatism and diseases of nerve system, it also used to treat urinary, heart and intermittent fever.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk,
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