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Garlic Vine

Scientific name of Garlic Vine: Mansoa alliacea (Lam.) A.H. Gentry

Synonyms: Adenocalymma alliaceum, Adenocalymma pachypus, Adenocalymma sagotii, Bignonia alliacea, Pachyptera alliacea, Pseudocalymma alliaceum, Pseudocalymma pachypus, Pseudocalymma sagotti

Family: Bignoniaceae

Name in different languages:-

English: False garlic, Amazonian garlic bush, Wild garlic

Hindi: Lahan Bel

Malayalam: Veluthulli chedi-വെളുത്തുള്ളിച്ചെടി 

Tamil: Vellullipachai

Plant Description:

It is an evergreen tropical shrubby vine that is native to the Amazon rainforest. It is distributed throughout tropical South America.

It can either be described as a shrub or a vine since it produces numerous woody vines from the root that grow only 2-3 m tall and form a shrub-like appearance. It produces bright green leaves up to 15 cm long and beautiful deep lavender flowers with a white throat that fade to pale lavender, then to almost white. All three flower colors can be found on the plant simultaneously

Useful plant parts:

Bark, leaf, root

Medicinal uses:

It is used for arthritis, rheumatism, coughs, colds, flu, pneumonia and upper respiratory conditions, fevers (malaria, flu, etc.), general inflammation (external and internal) and as a general pain-reliever (headaches, muscles, joints, body aches)

Chemical content:

24-Ethyl-cholest-7-en-3-beta-ol, 3- beta -hydroxy-urs-18-en-27-oic acid, alliin, allyl sulfides, alpha-4-hydroxy-9-methoxy-lapachone, alpha-9-methoxy-lapachone, apigenins, aspartic acid, beta-sitosterol, beta-amyrin, beta-peltoboykinolic acid, cosmosiin, daucosterol, diallyl sulfides, dithiacyclopentene, dotriacontan-1-ol, fucosterol, glutamic acid, glycyrrhetol, hentriacontanes, hexacosan-1-ol, hexatriacontans, leucine, luteolin, n-nonacosane, oct-1-en-3-ol, octacosan-1-ol, pentatriacont-1-en-17-ol, scutellarein-7-O-beta-d-glucuronide, stigmasterol, triacontan-1-ol, triallyl sulfides, trithiacyclohexene, n-tritriacontane and ursolic acid.

Medicinal properties:

Antirheumatic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antioxidant, antispasmodic, diuretic, hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), muscle relaxant, uterine relaxant



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