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Useful Tropical Plants

Merremia aegyptia

(L.) Urb.

Convolvulaceae

+ Synonyms

Batatas pentaphylla (L.) Choisy

Convolvulus aegyptius (L.) L.

Convolvulus aphyllus Viv.

Convolvulus coriaceus Choisy

Convolvulus cujanensis Bowdich

Convolvulus hirsutus Roxb.

Convolvulus munitus Wall. ex Wight

Convolvulus nemorosus Roem. & Schult.

Convolvulus pentaphyllus L.

Ipomoea aegyptia L.

Ipomoea fulva Bertol.

Ipomoea nemorosa (Roem. & Schult.) G.Don

Ipomoea pentaphylla (L.) Jacq.

Ipomoea pilosa Cav.

Ipomoea polytricha Sweet

Ipomoea sinaloensis Brandegee

Ipomoea tortugensis Peter

Ipomoea verniciflua G.Don ex Meisn.

Merremia fulva (Bertol.) Manitz

Merremia pentaphylla (L.) Hallier f.

Operculina aegyptia (L.) House

Operculina pentaphylla House

Spiranthera aegyptia (L.) Roberty

Spiranthera pentaphylla (L.) Bojer

Common Name:

Merremia aegyptia
Flowering plant, growing along a fence
Photograph by: J.M.Garg
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General Information

Merremia aegyptia is an annual climbing plant, producing slender stems up to 6 metres long that scramble over the ground or twine into the surrounding vegetation[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and tying material. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
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http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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Known Hazards

The plant causes diarrhoea in small stock when large quantities are eaten[
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Botanical References

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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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Year
0
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Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

Probably originating in tropical America, the plant is widespread throughout the tropics.

Habitat

Riverine vegetation, grassland, open deciduous woodland, Combretum-Terminalia woodland, open forest and as a weed in cultivated land; at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitAnnual Climber
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental. It has shattering capsules that disperse the seeds around the parent plant; it often escapes from cultivation and is found naturalized as a weed[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The dried leaves are used as a dressing for burns[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
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Chlorogenic and benzoic acids, as well as a metabolite of the latter (the glycoside 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3β-carboxylic acid), have been isolated from the plant[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Other Uses

The stems are used for binding, for instance for frames in house building[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -
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