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Argyreia nervosa - Bastāntrī, Elephant creeper

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Samudraphalaka

Bastāntrī consist of dried root of Argyreia nervosa (Burm.f.) Boj. syn. A. speciosa Sweet. (Fam. Convolvulaceae), a woody climber with stout stems, extensively planted in garden along trellises and walls and also found wild as an escape.

Uses

Rheumatic joints, Boils, Scorpion stings, Wounds, Skin diseases, Tumours, Boils, Sores, Carbuncles.

Parts Used

Fruits, Flowers.

Chemical Composition

The plant contains tannins and resin. The seeds are reported to contain alkaloids, chanoclavine, ergine, ergonovine and isoergine.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Samudrapala, Samudraballi
Hindi Samandar-kaa-paat, Samundarsosh, Ghaavapattaa, Vidhaaraa
Malayalam Samudra Pacchha, Samudra-Pala, Marikkunn Marututari
Tamil Samudrappachai
Telugu Samudrapaala
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Vrḍdhadāru, Antaha Koṭarapuṣpī, Chāgalāntrī
English Elephant Creeper


Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Tikta, Kaṣāya, Kaṭu

Guna

Sara, Laghu

Veerya

Uṣṇa

Vipaka

Kaṭu

Karma

Balya, Medhya, Rucya, Svarya, Vātahara, Vraṇaṣodhaka, Asthisandhānakāri, Agnikara, Kīntikara, Viṣaghna

Prabhava

Habit

Climber

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Cordate Oblong Measuring 15 – 25 cm long and 13 – 20 cm wide, Upper side of leaves is green and glabrous

[2]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Trumpet 5 cm wide Pink or blue to purple Darker purple in the centre. Flowers are located at the tips and are arranged in inflorescence known as cymes

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Dry round 2 cm wide Classified as a capsule 4 - 6 seeds

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

  • Miīraka Sneha

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Softwood cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Succeeds in moist tropical and subtropical regions.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Terrestrial area, Primary Rainforest, Secondary Rainforest, Disturbed Area, Open Ground, Tropical area, Sub-Tropical area, Monsoonal area.

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