Quisqualis Indica or Madhu Malati

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Rajesh Sachdev

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May 2, 2009, 12:03:55 PM5/2/09
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Photographed it at Paymaster park, Matheran while birding with Mumbai
Birdwatchers Club's scheduled track at this Western Ghat's outer spur.

Name of Species: Quisqualis indica
Common Name: Madhu malati
Family: Combretaceae
Photographed: 19th April, 2009
Camera: Olympus SP570UZ
Lens: OLYMPUS ED LENS AF ZOOM 4.6 - 92 mm
Description: Large Deciduous Climber, Exotic, originally from Malaysia.

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J.M. Garg

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May 2, 2009, 12:46:45 PM5/2/09
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Some extracts from Wikipedia link (for pictures/ more details, pl. click on the link): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quisqualis_indica
 
Quisqualis indica also known as the Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon Creeper is a creeper with red flower clusters and is found inAsia. It is found in many other parts of the world either as a cultivated ornamental or run wild. Other names for the plant include quiscual (in Spanish), niyog-niyogan (in Filipino)), Madhu Malti or Madhumalti (in Hindi),Radha Manoharam(in Telugu). The genus translates into Latin for What is that?.

The Rangoon Creeper is a ligneous vine that can reach from 2.5 meters to up to 8 meters. The leaves are elliptical with an acuminate tip and a rounded base. They grow from 7 to 15 centimeters and their arrangement is opposite. The flowers are fragrant and tubular and their color varies from white to pink to red. The 30 to 35 mm long fruit is ellipsoidal and has five prominent wings. The fruit tastes like almonds when mature. The niyog-niyogan is usually dispersed by water.

Rangoon Creeper is found in thickets or secondary forests of the Philippines, India and Malaysia. It has since been cultivated and naturalized in tropical areas.

The plant is mainly used for traditional medicine. Decoctions of the root, seed or fruit can be used as antihelmintic or for alleviating diarrhea. Fruit decoction can also be used for gargling. The fruits are also used to combat nephritis. Leaves can be used to relieve pain caused by fever. The roots are used to treat rheumatism.

 
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