Evolvulus alsinoides

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Evolvulus alsinoides
Dwarf Morning-glory (Evolvulus alsinoides) in Hyderabad W IMG 7978.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Evolvulus
Species:
E. alsinoides
Binomial name
Evolvulus alsinoides
(Linn.) Linn.
Varieties
  • E. a. var. alsinoides
  • E. a. var. decumbens
  • E. a. var. rotundifolia

Evolvulus alsinoides, the slender dwarf morning-glory, is flowering plant from the family Convolvulaceae. It has a natural pantropical distribution encompassing tropical and warm-temperate regions of Australasia, Indomalaya, Polynesia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.[1] The species inhabits a wide range of habitats, from marshland and wet forests to deserts. A number of varieties and subspecies are recognised. It may become a weed in some situations. It is one of the plants included in Dasapushpam, the ten sacred flowers of Kerala.

This herb used in traditional medicine of East Asia for its purported psychotropic and nootropic properties.[2] although such claims are not medically verified.

Chemical compounds isolated from E. alsinoides include scopoletin, umbelliferone, scopolin and 2-methyl-1,2,3,4-butanetetrol.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L." Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  2. ^ Amritpal Singh (2008). "Review of Ethnomedicinal Uses and Pharmacology of Evolvulus alsinoides Linn". Ethnobotanical Leaflets. 12: 734–740.
  3. ^ Cervenka F, Koleckar V, Rehakova Z, Jahodar L, Kunes J, Opletal L, Hyspler R, Jun D, Kuca K (2008). "Evaluation of natural substances from Evolvulus alsinoides L. with the purpose of determining their antioxidant potency". J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 23 (4): 574–578. doi:10.1080/14756360701674421. PMID 18666003.

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