Quisqualis indica(Madhobilata)

Botanical Name :Quisqualis indica
Family: Combretaceae
Genus: Quisqualis
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Myrtales
Species: Q. indica
Common Names : Madhumalati,Madhobilata, Chinese honeysuckle, Rangoon Creeper, Drunken sailor
Other names : Quiscual (in Spanish), Niyog-niyogan (in Filipino), Madhu Malti or Madhumalti (in Hindi) and Radha Manoharam (in Telugu).

Habitat :Quisqualis indica is native of Asia. It is found in many other parts of the world either as a cultivated ornamental or run wild.It is found in thickets or secondary forests of the Philippines, India and Malaysia. It has since been cultivated and naturalized in tropical areas.

Description:
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.

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Cultivation:
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Propagation: Seed, often water-dispersed. “It spreads by root suckers as well as by seed”


Medicinal Uses:

The plant is mainly used for traditional medicine. Decoctions of the root, seed or fruit can be used as antihelmintic to expel parasitic worms 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.

The seeds of this and related species, Q. fructus and Q. chinensis, contain the chemical quisqualic acid, which is an agonist for the AMPA receptor, a kind of glutamate receptor in the brain. The chemical is linked to excitotoxicity (cell death)

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Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://www.hear.org/pier/species/quisqualis_indica.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quisqualis_indica

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