English: Malabar spinach, Red vine spinach, Climbing spinach, Creeping spinach, Buffalo spinach.
Sanskrit: Pathra, Upodika
Hindi: Poi पोई
Tamil: Kodip pasaLi-கொடிப்பசளி, Vasalakkirai
Malayalam: Vallicheera-വള്ളിച്ചീര, Pasaly.
Vine spinach is a fast-growing vine reaching up to 10 meters in length, The stem is reddish-purple soft-stemmed, and the leaves are heart-shaped, with a mucilaginous texture and spinach-like flavor. The flowers are small, white, and tinged with pink, born in clusters on the end of branch nodes; the flowering season is November to February. Fruits are berries greenish, change to shining black when ripe, single seed contains the fruit.
Useful plant parts:
leaf, root, stem
Used in the treatment of diarrhea, an antidote to poisons, swellings, dysentery, a febrifuge, and laxative, boils.
Astringent, diuretic, febrifuge, rubefacient.
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