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ee-VOLV-yoo-lus
— unrolled, non-twining
¿ al-sigh-nee-OY-deez ? — resembling features of the genus Alsine

commonly known as: dwarf morning glory • Gujarati: કાળીશંખ વલ્લી kalisankha vali • Hindi: शंखपुष्पी shankhapushpi, विष्णुक्रान्त vishnukranta • Kannada: ಶನ್ಕ್ಹಪುಷ್ಪಿ shankhapushpi, ವಿಷ್ಣುಕ್ರಾಮ್ತ vishnukraamta • Marathi: शंखवेल shankhavel, विष्णुक्रांत vishnukranta • Nepalese: शंख पुश्पि shankh pushpi • Punjabi: ਸੰਖ ਪੁਸ਼ਪੀ sankh pushpi • Sanskrit: शङ्खपुष्पी shankhapushpi, विष्णुगन्धि vishnugandhi, विष्णुक्रान्ता vishnukranta • Tamil: விட்டுணுக்கிராந்தி vittunu-k-kiranti • Telugu: విష్ణుక్రాంత vishnu-kranta

Native to: tropical Americas; widely naturalized elsewhere

 

The plant pacifies vitiated pitta, asthma, falling and graying of hair, general debility and memory loss.
Parts used: whole plant
 

A small prostrate herb

1)Styles 2 and free.
2)Stigmas 4.
3)Petals contorted i.e. pertaining to the aestivation
Contorted aestivation, where each piece overlaps its neighbor, all in the same direction, appearing as if twisted together
4)Stamens included. i.e. concealed in the flower(As against exserted in Cressa)
5)
Very small herbs ………..prostrate; pubescent

6)Flowers axillary solitary or in dichasia…pedunculate 8mm Funnel shaped.
7)Calyx lanceolate pubescent.
8)Fruit capsular, 4 mm long, ovoid 4- valved. Seeds 4 black.
9)Leaves subsessile appressed silky.upto 2 cm x 0.4 cm
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Kas week : Evolvulus alsinoides SMP:  Evolvulus alsinoides
Convolvulaveae


very nice,
shankhapushpi of Ayurveda…
any more closeup of the branch with the leaf attachment?



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170513 ASP 20 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Can you please ID this creeping plant with blue flowers which is used as a medicinal herb. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Feb 2013


… perhaps, Evolvulus alsinoides.



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Evolvulus alsinoides at Pachmarhi :: 18 SEP 13 :: DV :  3 images. 2 posts by 2 authors.

Pachmarhi about 3600 feet ft asl
Date / Time: 18 SEP 13 at 08:18 AM Altitude: about 3552 ft asl
Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L. … (family: Convolvulaceae)

Native of western hemisphere; widely naturalized elsewhere



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Kindly identify this minute prostrate groundcover plant with violet flowers. flowers about 7-8 mm diameter.


Evolvulus alsinoides of Convolvulaceae.


விஷ்ணுகிரந்தி in Tamil



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ID-31032012-PR-2: plant from north gujarat
habitat wild
habit herb
plants hairy
flower blue
stamen 2+2


The flower is not clear in the photograph. Post another picture which shows the flower clearly. At the outset looks like one of the Evolvulus species


Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L. var. wallichii Van and also please refer….Flora of the Indian Desert (By M.M.Bhandari)



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ID Request 240914SG : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3).

Please help identify this weed. Photo taken on 24Sep14 at Dhavlas, Maharashtra.


Evolvulus alsinoides I think


Yes, Evolvulus alsinoides..


Yes Evolvulus alsinoides



 

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Herb for ID : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).

Pic is taken on 23/10/2014 from 700m masl forest area of district Rudraprayag, Uttrakhand.


Looks like Evolvulus alsinoides (Family: Convolvulaceae)


Yes, I agree with …


 

 


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Herb for ID Tiruvannamalei, Tamil Nadu NAW-OCT-19 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).

Kindly identify this wild prostrate herb with blue flowers photographed in the Arunachala Reserve Forest, Tiruvannamalei, Tamil Nadu in September 2014.

The second picture shows a branch of the herb emerging from bottom right, lighter green than the grass.


Evolvulus alsinoides


I had earlier uploaded an enquiry to identify a herb which i photographed in Rajasthan, which had been identified as Evolvulus alsinoides also.

In this case, given that it has been identified as the same species, may it be inferred that when the photograph was taken the petals of the flower seem to be folding over, possibly to conserve moisture?
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I never knew the leaves were supposedly hirsuite
some mix up I think with the earlier diagnosis


Link to earlier upload


Though I have not seen this species yet the leaves are densely appressed hairy or silky underneath as per Haines in “Botany of Bihar and Orissa”. Bengal Plants and FBI also support that. And also leaves are very variable in shape.


well
[efloraofindia:204202] Herb for ID Tiruvannamalei, Tamil Nadu NAW-OCT-19

if this thread pictures are Evolvulus alsinoides

then the rajasthan pictures are not

two different creatures

look at the thickness of individual hair and their abundace

flower and leaf size and shape are also different


Thank you …, I do not know.


may be difference of young plant or plant in lush environment vs rajasthan’s dry land

but only a thorough study of several plants from each place and of plants of various ages …young, flowering beginning, ending flowering and seed production (i believe these are annuals in the wild, so can be studied in one season)

untill then these two seem to be different creatures



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Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L.SN Nov 22 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L, Vishnukranthi,

medicinal herb used for mental health and typhoid fever; from the floor of scrub jungle

do the flowers ever occur in pinkish tones?



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Flora of Madh: Evolvulus alsinoides L. : VG-JUL-03 : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some images of Evolvulus alsinoides, a spreading, prostrate perennial with a woody rootstock.

Photographed last week (6.7.15) on Madh Hill, North Mumbai.


This creeping herb is locally known as ‘Vishnukrant’ and supposed to be a brain tonic.

Occasionally seen as weed in the gardens.


shouln’dt the flower be pinkish? sort of or are they both types?

i remember seeing some bluish+pinkinsh (not really violetish) in dry lands between Dwarka and Jamnagar in 2000 and 01.

please tell me


I have come across only these blue flowers. Don’t know if this plant exhibits any variation in the flower colour.


ok. something to remember



 

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An oddity in Evolvulus alsinoides : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)

Thank you …, it may be an oddity; when I am searching my files I found some oddities; why can’t we open a page for such oddities of any species we found; I am attaching oddity in Evolvulus alsinoides; first one is with white flower; second one with different type of inflorescence; flowers only in simple cymes, in apical axils of the branches; the plant is not completely prostrate or wiry, it is procumbent herb; please observe



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ID please 2 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Place :- Kinhi, Parner, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Date  :- 13 -6-2018

It is Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L. of Convolvulaceae.

THE FLOWERS REMIND ME OF skyblue clustervine

But the leaves are rougher in your pictures. not shiny thin bright green ones i had in my houseplant
may be because yours is perhaps growing “wild” without  much Nitrogen in soil?
lets wait for an expert

Evolvulus alsinoides. Vernacular name Vishnukraanti’A common weed in wastelands. Plenty in MysoreIt is a medicinal plant used in Ayurveda. Check this link :
https://www.wildturmeric.net/evolvulus-alsinoides-vishnukranthi-medicinal-uses/



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Vishnukanthi in Kannada.  Very very common weed in Karnataka.



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efloraindia: 190911 BRS 28: Pl. find the attached file contain photos id.
Date/Time-Location- 19.09.2011, Codisia Road
Place, Altitude, GPS- Coimbatore, Near Air Port
Habitat- Garden/ Urban, Road side
Type-Plant Habit- Herb
Sze- Flowers Size/ Colour- Blue

Evolvulus alsinoides indeed.
Vishnukrant in Marathi.


@… I liked the name in Marathi and so looked up a bit about this
English Name – Slender Dwarf Morning-Glory.
Sanskrit – harikranthijam, vishnudayitham, neelapushpi.
hindi – vishnukrantha,shankapushpi
Tamil – vishnukranthi
Malayalam – vishnukranthi(വിഷ്ണുക്രാന്തി), krishnakranthi(കൃഷ്ണക്രാന്തി).
Not that I understand Malyalam ha ha. I had heard about the name Shankhapushpi
and yes it has medicinal properties
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa    : Katu, Tikta
Guna   : Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya   : Ushna
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
The plant pacifies vitiated pitta, asthma, falling and graying of hair, general debility and memory loss.
Parts used: whole plant

Kannada : Vishnu kanthi.   Very common weed in wastelands, plenty around my house.



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Flora of Tirupat: Evolvulus sp from Tirupat AP:  Evolvulus sp from Tirupat AP
My Guess is
Evolvulus alsinoides


Herb …prostrate. Leaves elliptic oblong subsessile, appressed silky, acute to obtuse at base and also at apex. Flowers axillary, pedunculate.. Corolla blue rarely white.Around a cm size. Leaf size I hope Upto 2cm bye 0.3to
0.5cm.

Everything is visible in your pictures.
It is Evolvulus alsinoides ‘Vishnukrant’
Bye the way side view of the flower is missing as against in almost all of your posts (Consider this as a compliment han) and the leaf in the background of close upshots belong to some other plant I hope.





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ee-VOLV-yoo-lus — unrolled, non-twining
¿ al-sigh-nee-OY-deez ? — resembling features of the genus Alsine
Jul 25, 2010 … at Vaghbil, Thane, Maharashtra
commonly known as: dwarf morning glory • Gujarati: કાળીશંખ વલ્લી kalisankha vali • Hindi: शंखपुष्पी shankhapushpi, विष्णुक्रान्त vishnukranta • Kannada: ಶನ್ಕ್ಹಪುಷ್ಪಿ shankhapushpi, ವಿಷ್ಣುಕ್ರಾಮ್ತ vishnukraamta • Marathi: शंखवेल shankhavel, विष्णुक्रांत vishnukranta • Nepalese: शंख पुश्पि shankh pushpi • Punjabi: ਸੰਖ ਪੁਸ਼ਪੀ sankh pushpi • Sanskrit: शङ्खपुष्पी shankhapushpi, विष्णुगन्धि vishnugandhi, विष्णुक्रान्ता vishnukranta • Tamil: விட்டுணுக்கிராந்தி vittunu-k-kiranti • Telugu: విష్ణుక్రాంత vishnu-kranta
Native to: tropical Americas; widely naturalized elsewhere
References: Flowers of IndiaeFloraENVIS – FRLHTNPGS / GRINFlowers of Sahyadri by Shrikant Ingalhalikar
more views: Jul 25, 2010 … at Vaghbil, Thane, Maharashtra
Aug 26, 2010 … at Tableland, Panchagani, Maharashtra

Jul 17, 2010 … along Revadanda – Kashid Road, Maharashtra


Jul 17, 2010 … along Revadanda – Kashid Road, Maharashtra



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Convolvulaceae Week :: Evolvulus alsinoides Pune Mah.: Evolvulus alsinoides
Vishnukrant
Some important features……….
A small prostrate herb
1)Styles 2 and free.
2)Stigmas 4.
3)Petals contorted i.e. pertaining to the aestivation
Contorted aestivation, where each piece overlaps its neighbor, all in the same direction, appearing as if twisted together
4)Stamens included. i.e. concealed in the flower(As against exserted in Cressa)
5)
Very small herbs ………..prostrate; pubescent

6)Flowers axillary solitary or in dichasia…pedunculate 8mm Funnel shaped.
7)Calyx lanceolate pubescent.
8)Fruit capsular, 4 mm long, ovoid 4- valved. Seeds 4 black.
9)Leaves subsessile appressed silky.upto 2 cm x 0.4 cm

Another view showing some remaining characters


One more view



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evolvulus alsinoides: evolvulus alsinoides, small blue flowers,
ramdhaneshwar, alibaug. this sunday.

a south american convolvulaceae now naturalised in india


fotographed in pench buffers near Ghoksi village ( Mansar, 50 kms from Nagpur)



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Herb for ID (20/09/2012-NSJ-01):  A herb around 6″ tall for ID
Photo taken at Satara in Dec-09

… most probably Evolvulus alsinoides (family: Convolvulaceae) … native of tropical Americas; widely naturalized elsewhere


yes it is Evolvulus alsinoides


Yes it is Evolvulus alsinoides (family: Convolvulaceae)
‘Vishnukrant’ विष्णुक्रान्त


I would like to know whether ‘Vishnukrant’ is a shrub more than 5′ tall with flowers of size about 1″ . This herb was about 6″ tall and the flower size was around 5 mm.


You are right. This is E.alsinoides a prostrate herb of 10- 15 cm total length. The other climber you are talking about is an ornamental climber Jacquemontia earlier discussed during the Convolvulaceae week. If the size of the flower is not mentioned one is often fooled by the ID


 

 


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Kaas Week : Evolvulus alsinoides: Aug., 2009


 

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ID please : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Place :- Kinhi, Parner, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
13-6-2018

THE FLOWERS REMIND ME OF skyblue clustervine
But the leaves are rougher in your pictures. not shiny thin brightgreen ones i had in my houseplant
may be because yours is perhaps growing “wild” without  much Nitrogen in soil?

lets wait for an expert


Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L. [Convolvulaceae].



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looks like one. But ID cannot be confirmed without seeing the flowers/ fruits. Try to take the photographs of these important parts and upload for proper ID.


Yes to me also appear close to images at Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L.


Yes Sir. Thankyou



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Evolvulus alsinoides (Convolvulaceae) from Morni hills… : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Some images of Evolvulus alsinoides from Morni hills taken in September 2018.

very nice. makes a nice hanging basket plant for home


Nice upload. This is a weed around my house (in open fields). Commonly known as Vishnukranthi a medicinal herb used in Ayurveda.



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Virat nagar Forest Jaipur– 26.8.2009;  ID-DKB173 – indiantreepix | Google Groups

On 20/7/08 in Agriculture University, Hyderabad, AP. at asola (near delhi) on 27.7.08; On 16/8/08 in Talakona forest, AP near Tirupati; Asola on 27.7.08; at Kanakeshwar, Alibag- 15 Dec, 2009; At Alibag- 12Feb, 2010; 12-06-2010 / 09:50AM: CBD Belapur hills, Navi Mumbai; JNU, New Delhi- Sept’10?; Dwarf Morning-glory/ Shankhpushpi (Evolvulus alsinoides) – indiantreepix | Google Groups

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Seen on a mountain slope in Nasik on 25th June.

Identified by …



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Osudu  Puducherry

Date: October 14, 2019 … Altitude range: about 15 m (50 feet) asl  
Evolvulus alsinoides  (L.) L.

yes. i once had this in a hanging basket.

seems it was popular in nursery trade a few years ago


The Evolvulus grown in hanging basket is an ornamental species E.glomeratus. It looks very similar! Evolvulus alsinoides is wild and one of the shanku pushpis’ used in Aayurveda in South.


Both are seen nearby my house. One in wild and another in a garden !


i know. thats why i was surprised that some one in Hugli district (WB) was able to grow it (because its very rainy and humid here). so i paid a lot of money to buy it but after a season in the balcony i did not get any seeds.
where as in Saurashtra around Dwarka etc it self seeded and grew in abundance.
Have you photographed both? to show the differentiation in your neighbourhood.

I will photograph and send them


Flower size…

Smaller than thumb-nail= E. alsinoides.

More or less about size of two thumb-nails = E. glomeratus.


Thanks … These flowers were just about a centimetre across.

I think the long pedicel is good characteristic of E. alsinoides; I am not sure of E. glomeratus pedicel length. Any way the E. glomeratus flower is relatively quite large.


my hanging basket flowers were small about 1 to less than 2 cms


I am sending the photographs of E.glomeratus grown on a neighbor house compound wall. The area where the E.alsinoides was present was cleared by the Corporation (cleaning drive)..  Nevertheless, I will spot somewhere else and post you the photographs.


Thank you, … I also noticed besides being larger flower, the stem is hairy unlike the A. alsinoides


 


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17122019EPT46 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)- around 600 kb each.
presenting for ID
Location : Chennai outskirts 
Date :15.11.2019
Elevation : 35mts.
Habitat : Waste grassland 
Habit : Short spreading plant.

Evolvulus alsinoides, Convolvulaceae,


yes. we had a case recently


Very common weed in South India. Vishnukranthi in Tamil, Kannada & Malayalam. An important Ayurveda medicinal plant.



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Hampi, KA :: Evolvulus alsinoides :: ARK2020-057 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Saw this small herb Evolvulus alsinoides in the ancient ruins complex in Hampi, KA in October 2019.

You are right. One of the Shankupushpis used in Ayurveda



SD016 Plant ID assistance : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- around 1 mb each.
Plant ID assistance. Found near Mangar village, Haryana. Looked like a prostrate herb.

Evolvulus alsinoides



Small blue flower : 4 posts by 2 authors. 1 image.
I can not identify this flower.
Photo prise le 17/02/2020  au Chhattisgarh-India

Evolvulus alsinoides,



Very tiny flowers growing in the grass.

Seems to be Evolvulus alsinoides.

Experts kindly validate.


I guess correct.

Please give some attention to other parts like leaves, stems , etc.


 


2 images. A very tiny weed growing in the grass.

No open flowers.


Evolvulus alsinoides


Thanks … This was really difficult for me.


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