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Dregea volubilis - Hemajivanti

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Hemajivanti, Dregea volubilis

Hemajivanti is a climbing plant with twining, woody stems that can grows up to 12 metres tall. The plant is commonly used medicinal herb in India and is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of fibre. It is sometimes cultivated as a food crop and the leaves are a popular green vegetable in Sri Lanka, where they are often sold in local markets.


Inflammation, Fever, Boils, Urinary disoders [1]

Parts Used

Leaves, Root

Chemical Composition

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ಹೆಗಲ ಸಪ್ಪು Hegala sappu, ಕಾಡು ಹಾಲೆ ಬಳ್ಳಿ Kaadu haale balli
Hindi Murd bel, Harandodi
Malayalam Vattakkakkakkoti
Tamil Kodiepalay, Kodippalai, Kudasappalai
Telugu Doodeepalla, Dudipala
Marathi Harandodi, Harinvel
Gujarathi Hirandodi, Kadavi dodi
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Hemajivanti, Hemakshiri
English Cotton milk plant, Green milkweed climber



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












Kind Shape Feature
Simple Opposite Leaves to 10 x 7 cm, ovate, base cordate, apex acuminate, glabrous



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Umbels Greenish yellow 5 5-6 cm long, axillary; calyx lobes unequal, 2 mm, lanceolate; corolla rotate, tube 3 mm, lobes 4 x 4 mm, orbicular; corona single, staminal with 2 globular masses above anthers; pollinia erect.


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Follicles 10 x 3 cm ribbed, blunt at apex. Seeds with cottony wings {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Can be easily propagated from the seeds, once they are released from the follicles.

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area

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