Family • Convolvulaceae - Merremia vitifolia (Burm. f.) Hallier f. - GRAPE-LEAF WOOD ROSE - Zhang ye yu huang cao
|Merremia vitofolia Burm. f.|
|Convolvulus vitifolius Burm. f.|
|Convolvulus angularis Burm. f.|
|Ipomoea vitifolia Burm.f.|
|Grape-leaf wood rose (Engl.)|
Other vernacular names
|CHINESE: Zhang ye yu huang cao.|
|MALAYALAM: Manja kolambi valli, Manja vayaravalli.|
Lakmit is a hairy, woody climber with slender stems. Leaves are rounded, 5 to 15 centimeters wide, palmately 5-lobed, and heart-shaped at the base. Sepals are hairy, ovate, 10 to 15 millimeters in length, and longer in the fruit. Corolla is yellow, bell-shaped, and 3.5 to 4 centimeters long. Capsule is rounded and 10 to 15 centimeters in diameter. Seeds are dark brown, smooth, about 5 millimeters in diameter.
– Found in the Laguna Province in Luzon; and in Palawan, Balabac, Semirara, and Negros, in open grasslands by deserted dwellings, and in thickets at low altitudes.
– Also occurs in southeastern Asia and Malaya.
– Leaves yield a glycoside, which on hydrolysis yields hydrocyanic acid and benzaldehyde.
– Hairs on the leaves are irritating.
– Juice considered cooling.
– Juice considered cooling and is given with milk and sugar.
– Immature, unripe fruits are chewed.
– Infusion is drunk for high fevers.
– Juice used for poulticing soreness and inflammation.
– In India, used for strangury and urethral discharges. In Konkan, juice given with milk and sugar for fevers.
– In Peninsular Malaysia, infusion is drunk for high fever
– In Cambodia, infusion of stem used internally and externally for malaria and small pox.
• No studies found.