Cardiospermum halicacabum

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Cardiospermum halicacabum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Subfamily: Sapindoideae
Genus: Cardiospermum
Species: C. halicacabum
Binomial name
Cardiospermum halicacabum

Cardiospermum halicacabum, known as the balloon plant or love in a puff, is a climbing plant widely distributed in tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia.[1] Often found as a weed along roads and rivers, it has been examined for antidiarrhoeal[2] as well as homoeopathic medicinal[1] properties.

In New Zealand it is listed on the National Pest Plant Accord which identifies pest plants that are prohibited from sale, and commercial propagation and distribution.

It is one among the "Ten Sacred Flowers of Kerala State in India, collectively known as Dasapushpam.



  1. ^ a b Committee for veterinary medicinal products (2000). "Summary Report on "Cardiospermum halicacabum"" (PDF). EMEA/MRL/664/99-FINAL (August 1999). The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (Veterinary Medicines Evaluation Unit). Retrieved 2010-04-25. [permanent dead link].
  2. ^ Rao, N Venkat; Chandra Prakash, K; Shanta Kumar, SM (2006), "Pharmacological investigation of Cardiospermum halicacabum (Linn) in different animal models of diarrhoea", Indian Journal of Pharmacology, 38 (5): 346–349, doi:10.4103/0253-7613.27703, retrieved 2010-04-25 

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