Ipomoea mauritiana has often been misidentified as Ipomoea digitata (L.) L., a West Indian endemic that does not occur in Asia[
Ipomoea digitata auct.
Ipomoea insignis Ker Gawl.
Ipomoea mauritiana is a perennial, climbing herb producing stems up to 10 metres long from a tuberous rootstock[
]. The stems can be woody near the base, becoming herbaceous near the tips, they scramble over the ground, or twine into other plants for support[
The plant is cultivated in Indonesia for the tubers, which are used medicinally, and is sometimes also grown as an ornamental[
Waste places, dwarf forests near seashores, thickets, montane forests, streamsides at elevations from sea level to 1,100 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
The plant can flower all year round[
The seeds are used for coagulating milk[
The root is alterative, aphrodisiac, cholagogue, demulcent, galactagogue and tonic[
]. It is used in the treatment of fevers and bronchitis, diseases of the spleen and liver, menorrhagia, debility and fat accumulation[
The leaves and roots are used externally to treat tuberculosis and for the treatment of external and breast infections[
]. The root is pounded and applied as a poultice to swellings[
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