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Marine regions cover about three-fourths of the Earth's surface. Marine algae supply much of the world's oxygen supply and take in a huge amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The evaporation of the seawater provides rainwater for the land. There is constant interaction of nutrients & matter between land & sea, making them dependent on eachother for healthy functioning.
This largest ecosystem include various sub-systems like oceans, coral reefs, estuaries, creeks, mangroves, sand dunes, sandy beach and rocky beach. Each of this system has got its unique flora and fauna and ecological significance.
We are dependent on healthy ecosystems in verious ways for food, raw material, shelter, water, pure air, & many more ! Lets preserve them !
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M A R Y A D W E L - Ipomea biloba
As the name suggests Maryadwel really defines the high tide level of sea. Sea water limits at the vegetation line of Ipomea biloba.
Habit: Large prostrate climber.
Distribution: Common on sandy shores of kokan.
Habitat: Grows on open sandy beaches
Flowering - fruiting season: Sept-Nov
Color of flower: Pinkish purple with deeper color in centre.
Remarkable character: Bilobed leaves
Part used: whole plant
The plant is astringent, acrid, refrigerent, mucilagenous, stomochic, laxative, diuretic and tonic. It is useful in skin diseases, boils, swellings, wounds, ulcers, vitiated conditions of pitta and burning sensation.
Ecological value: Sand binding perennial herb.
Propagation by: Cuttings
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