Natural intoxication of livestock by ingestion of Ipomoea asarifolia leaves has been reported to occur widely in Brazil. Previous studies carried out by our. Family: Convolvulaceae. Species: Ipomoea asarifolia (Desr.) Roem. & Schult.. Eppo code: IPOAS. Family: Convolvulaceae. Species: Ipomoea asarifolia (Desr.). The origin of Ipomoea asarifolia is unknown. It has been hypothesized that it originated in southern India and that early European visitors of the.

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The seeds, together with those of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. The plant is browsed by cattle throughout West Africa. Uses and Management Uses and Management Uses. Asagifolia Benin a leaf decoction, together with leaves of Ficus vallis-choudae Delile, is drunk to treat hyperthermia.

In Senegal a decoction of the plant is used to stain cloths and the hair black, while in Mauritania the ashes of the plant mixed with indigo provide a blue dye for cloth. Ecology A common weed in aasrifolia soils, low-lying and inland valleys, streams and river banks.

Convolvulaceae – Ipomoea asarifolia (Desr.) Roem. & Schult.

Rare and not abundant. This infusion is fed to the animal, while the pulverized charcoal of the burnt plants, mixed with shea butter, is ipmooea on the joints. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Fruit The fruit is a globose and the seeds are slightly hairy.

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African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. It includes published material or suggestions from asaarifolia author or others.


Perennial, glabrous, trailing herb up to 3 m long, with short upright shoots; stems thick, terete or angular. In a laboratory experiment it was shown that leaf extracts contain potent hepatoprotective and curative compounds against CCl4-induced liver damage in rats as indicated by reduced levels of indicator enzymes and a reduction of CCl4-induced damage comparable to the effect of the drug silymarin.

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Cookies help us deliver our services. A textual diagnostic description of the species that is not necessarily structured. Sepals unequal, the outer mm long, the inner mm long, elliptic to ovate, coriaceous, rounded apically, mucronate, glabrous, verrucose. Inflorescence an axillary cyme, often together with an axillary leafy shoot, 1—few-flowered; peduncle 2—5 cm long; bracts ovate, minute.

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Seeds 5—7 mm long, black, glabrous. The water extract from I. Camels are reported to eat small amounts of it in Senegal, sheep in Mauritania and chicken in Sudan.

It seems absent from eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. The inflorescence is a cyme and flowers are both axillary and terminal. It has also been stated that Ipomoea asarifolia is native to tropical America. In Nigeria the dried powdered leaves are applied to burns.

African Plants – A Photo Guide – Ipomoea asarifolia (Desr.) Roem. & Schult.

asafifolia Flowers on pedicels mm long. Also includes information referring to territorial extension of the individual or group in terms of its activities feeding, mating, etc. In Nigeria the flowers boiled with beans are eaten as a remedy for syphilis. Observation specific search options Observed during. Checklists specific search options Observed during. In Senegal a compress of the crushed whole plant is applied to wounds and kpomoea decoction of the plant is drunk against post-partum haemorrhage.


Evidence of the involvement of a leaf lectin. The plant trails over sand dunes and is a good sand binder. Leaf The leaves are alternatesuborbicular, cm in diameter, blunt at the apex and heart-shaped at the base. Demography and Conservation Demography and Conservation. Four acylated anthocyanins have been isolated from the aerial parts.

It has fine longitudinal lines, without hairs or only sparingly hairy. Origin World distribution Almost in the tropics: Does not include altitudinal distribution, which is covered under Habitat. Known or potential benefits of the species for humans, at a direct economic level, as instruments of education, prospecting, eco-tourism, etc.

Inflorescence The inflorescence is a cyme and flowers are both axillary and terminal. Best supported on Google Chrome, Firefox 3. The antinociceptive effect of the aqueous methanol extract of the leaves was shown by its ability to reduce the number of acetic acid-induced abdominal writhing in mice.

The plant contains toxic substances and is not eaten by man, nor by grazing animals.