Binomial Name – Evolvulus alsinoides
Vishnukranthi/Evolvulus Alsinoides/Sankhapushpi/விஷ்ணு கரந்தை
Vishnukranthi/Evolvulus Alsinoides, commonly known as dwarf morning-glory and slender dwarf morning-glory, is flowering plant from the family Convolvulaceae.
It has a natural pantropical distribution encompassing tropical and warm-temperate regions of Australasia, Indomalaya, Polynesia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.
Vishnukranthi is known as Shankhpushpi, Vishnukrantha, Vishnu-kranta, Vishukarandi, Sankaholi, and Morning-glory.
It is a brain Tonic, alterative, febrifuge, vermifuge, and anti-inflammatory. Evolvulus is effective nootropic agent.
It is mainly indicated in loss of memory, sleeplessness, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and in syphilis.
It is also used in the treatment of epilepsy, leukoderma, cuts, and ulcers.
The species inhabits a wide range of habitats, from marshland and wet forests to deserts.
A number of varieties and subspecies are recognised. It may become a weed in some situations.
It is one of the plants included in Dasapushpam, the ten sacred flowers of Kerala.
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