Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh
Medicinal Plants Database of Bangladesh includes the authentic Taxonomic Information, Vernacular/Bangla Name, Tribal and English Name, Family, Description and Photograph of the Plants, Chemical Constituents, Uses and Distribution of the species in Bangladesh. MPBD also contain dictionary of Botanical and Pharmacological terms.
Synonyms: Quamoclit pinnata Boj., Quamoclit vulgaris Choisy.
Bengali/Vernacular Name: Tarulata, Kamalata, Kunjalata, Getphul.
English Name: Cypress Vine, Indian Pink, Cupid’s Flower.
Description of the Plant:
A slender annual, twiner. Leaves 7.5-12.5 cm long, pinnately cut, up to the midrib into many pairs of linear to filform patent segments. Flowers 1-few in axillary cymes. Corolla salver-shaped, red, tube 2.5-3.5 cm long. Capsule ovoid about 1 cm long.
The plant is considered cooling and purgative; used in cancer and Brest pain. Pounded leaves are applied to bleeding piles and as a plaster to carbuncles (Yusuf et al. 2009).
Leaves and stems contain small amounts of alkaloids and cyanogenetic glycosides. Seeds have been reported to contain the resin glycosides, quamoclins I-IV and jalapin (Ghani, 2003). Total alkaloid in seeds was found 0.012% (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).
Commonly grown in the gardens.