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Common Name : Dwaf Morning Glory     -       Scientific Name : Evolvulus alsinoides (Convolvulaceae)       -       Other Name : Visnu-kranti (S)
Illanda Mottai
12/07/2013
Illanda Mottai
12/07/2013

This is a wide spread species in tropical and temperate regions of the world and is found in such localities in Australia, Asia, America, Indomalaya, Polynesia and Sub-Saharan Africa. It is found through out the low country up to lower hills.

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

I have seen these flowers all year round at many localities in both in the wet and dry zones such as marshlands, forested areas as well as sandy open areas. It is common in all our low country national parks.

This plant is held in high esteem in traditional Ayurveda medicine in Sri Lanka and India for its medicinal and spiritual value. The roots and stem is used to treat dysentery and depression. The leaves are used to treat asthma and mental disturbances.

In Wilpattu these flowers can be seen throughout the year at most open areas.