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Common Name : Arrow-leaf Morning Glory     -       Scientific Name : Merremia tridentata (Convolvulaceae)       -       Other Name : African Morningvine, Heen-madu, Hawari-madu (S)
Kaali Villu
08/31/2013
Makalanmaduwa
02/02/2019
Makalanmaduwa
02/02/2019

This is a very common species found throughout the dry & wet lowland areas. It is widely distributed in tropical Asia, Tropical Africa, and Southern Africa and in the Indian Ocean Islands.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as “Least Concerned” (National Red List 2012).

 This slender vine with twining stems can be commonly found in open areas, forest edges, along roadsides of the lowlands. The whole plant including the roots is used in Ayurveda medicine to treat venomous stings & Bites, Eye disease, Hemorrhoids, Gout and Kidney Disease.

In Wilpattu I have observed these flowers in open areas and along sunny roads during the months of August to February. One of the most breath taking memories of the park that is entrenched in my mind is the sight of thousands of these flowers in bloom in the morning of the second of February 2019 close to Malakanmaduwa.