Evolvulus alsinoides (Convolvulaceae)

Evolvulus alsinoides (Dwarf Morning-Glory)

Also known as the Slender Dwarf Morning Glory, Evolvulus alsinoides is a slender scrambler found in savanna and urban grasslands. At least 3 varieties occur in Queensland. The shoots, at first glance resembles that of a grass with small leaves and widely but regularly spaced leaves. The blossoms which arise from these shoots are small but incite the same pleasure as that of the larger morning glories. The medicinal uses of this plant are surprisingly varied (see link to a journal article). It has been used as a brain-tonic in traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Unani, and also by certain ethnic races across India, Africa and Philippines to cure fever, cough and cold, venereal diseases, azoospermia, adenitis, and depression. According to Wild Medicine in Australia by AB and JW Cribb Australian aborigines from South Australia used this plant as a substitute for pituri (Duboisa, Australia’s best known narcotic), even though it is not known to have narcotic properties. Not bad for a humble little morning glory of the field.

Evolvulus alsinoides (Dwarf Morning-Glory)

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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