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  Merremia turpethum
  Citation:  Merremia turpethum (L.) Shah & Bhat, Journ. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 74: 567. 1978; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 459. 1997; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 347. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 565. 2009. Convolvulus turpethum L., Sp. Pl. 155. 1753. Ipomoea turpethum (L.) R. Br., Prodr. 485. 1810; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 212. 1883. Operculina turpethum (L.) Manso, Enum. Subst. Bras. 16. 1836; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 929(653). 1923; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 307. 1988; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 191. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 314. 1990; Ravikumar & Ved, Illustr. Field Guide 100 Red Listed Med. Pl. 268. 2000.
  Malayalam Name(s): Chivaka, Kuzhalkonna, Rochani, Sivatha, Thrikolpakonna, Thripuda
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Indian jalap, Terpeth root
  Description: Stout twiners, branchlets winged. Leaves alternate, broadly ovate, 5-10 by 4-8.5 cm, base cordate, apex acute or obtuse, mucronate, thinly pubescent; petiole 2-7 cm long. Flower(s) solitary or few in axillary cymes. Calyx lobes ovate, outer larger, 2 by 1.5 cm, thick coriaceous at age.cCrolla white, c. 3 cm across. Ovary 2-locular. Capsule ovoid;sSeeds glabrous.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: May-June
  District(s): Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Kannur, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kozhikkode, Thrissur, Ernakulam
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Degraded forest areas and also in moist localities in the plains
  Distribution: Paleotropics
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: -1000
  Localities: Anawayi border, Moozhiar, Begur, Mukkali forests, Kanjirakadavu
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