Kalmi (Bengali), Kalmi Shak (Bengali), Weng cai (Chinese), Espinaca acuática (Spanish), Wasserspinat (German), Water spinach (English)
All over the country in ponds lakes and swamps.
It is found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
Botanical Description 21
Ipomoea aquaticais awidely spreadingsmooth vinewith the stems trailing on mud or floating on water. Leaves are oblong-ovate, 7-14 cm long with a pointed tip and heart-shaped or arrow-shaped base, long
Common Ethnobotanical Use 22
The young shoots are mildly laxative and are used by diabetic patients. A decoction of the leaves is used to treat coughs. The fried leaves are eaten to cool down a fever.The crushed leaves are applied as a poultice on sores and boils.The buds are used in the treatment of ringworm.Flower juice is given to inflamed eyes as a drop. The root juice is used for diarrhoea .Plants are anthelmintic and carminative; useful in leucoderma, leprosy, fever, jaundice, biliousness, bronchitis and liver complaints.It is considered very wholesome for females who suffer from nervous and general debility. The juice of the plant is used as an emetic in cases of arsenic or opium poisoning; it is also used in liver complaints.
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