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Quamoclit pennata  (Desr.) Bojer


Botanical Name


Quamoclit pennata (Desr.) Bojer

English Name


Cypress vine, Star glory, Hummingbird vine, Cardinal climber, Cupid's flower, Cypressvine morning-glory, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet-willy, Indian pink



Convolvulus pennatus Desr., Ipomoea quamoclit Linn., Quamoclit vulgaris Choisy





General Info


Slender climber with milky sap; leaves apparently pinnate, with small linear segments, actually pectinate to the midrib, with 8-20 pairs of segments, less than 1 mm wide; leaf up to 10 cm long x 6 cm wide overall; glabrous; cymes with 1-4 flowers, these small, dark read; calyx lobes less than 6 mm long, awned; corolla 3-4.5 cm long, (rarely white), limb 1.7-2 cm wide, deeply lobed; fruit ovoid, 6-8 mm long; seeds tufted with very small hairs.

Herb Effects

Sternutatory (roots); coolant (plant); laxative (seeds).


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Medicinal Use

The leaves are prepared in poultices and employed as a remedy for bleeding hemorrhoids. The crushed leaves are also used as a "lep" carbuncles. The latex is considered a cure for coryza.



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