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Ipomoea aquatica  Forsk.

   

Botanical Name

:

Ipomoea aquatica Forsk.

English Name

:

Swamp Cabbage, Water spinach

Synonym(s)

:

Ipomoea reptans Poir. , Convolvulus repens Vahl, Ipomoea repens Roth, Ipomoea subdentata Miq.

Family

:

Convolvulaceae

 

General Info

Description

An aquatic, trailing or floating, herbaceous perennial, sometimes annual, with long, hollow stem rooting at the nodes. Leaves elliptic or ovate-oblong, cordate or hastate at the base ; flowers infundibuliform, 2.5-5 cm. long, white or pale purple with dark purple eye, solitary or in five-flowered cymes ; fruit a capsule, 0.8 cm. long, ovoid, smooth ; seeds 2-4, densely pubescent.

Herb Effects

Alleviates spasms (50% EtOH plant extract); purgative (dried juice); Hypoglycaemic (plant)

Links

Water Spinach
Global Invasive Species Database
PIER

Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Xanthophyll, hentriacontane and taraxanthin (plant); alanine, arginine, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, methionine, niacin, phenylalanine, riboflavin, thiamin, tocopherol, tyrosine, valine (leaf).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
Product Categories

Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Xanthophyll 34445-91-5 4-[18-(4-hydroxy-2,6
,6-trimethyl-1-cyclo
hexenyl)-3,7,12,16-t
etramethyl -octadec
a-1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15
,17-nonaenyl]-3,5,5-
trimethyl-cyclohex-2
-e n-1-ol
C40H56O2 Click Here To Enlarge
beta-Carotene Not Available 3,7,12,16-tetramethy
l-1,18-bis(2,6,6-tri
methyl-1-cyclohexeny
l)-octadec a-1,3,5,
7,9,11,13,15,17-nona
ene
C40H56 Click Here To Enlarge
Hentriacontane 630-04-6 Hentriacontane C31H64 Click Here To Enlarge
Tocopherol 59-02-9 2,5,7,8-tetramethyl-
2-(4,8,12-trimethylt
ridecyl)chroman-6-ol
C29H50O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Taraxanthin Not Available 6-[(1E,3Z,5Z,7E,9E,1
1E,13Z,15Z,17E)-18-(
4-hydroxy-2,6,6-trim
ethyl-1-cy clohex-2
-enyl)-3,7,12,16-tet
ramethyl-octadeca-1,
3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17-
no naenyl]-1,5,5-tr
imethyl-7-oxabicyclo
[4.1.0]heptan-3-ol
C40H56O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Alanine 35597-43-4 2-[2-[2-amino-4-(hyd
roxy-methyl-phosphor
yl)-butanoyl]aminopr
opanoylami no]propa
noic acid
C11H22N3O6P Click Here To Enlarge
Arginine 7004-12-8 2-amino-5-guanidino-
pentanoic acid
C6H14N4O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Ascorbic acid Not Available 2-(1,2-dihydroxyethy
l)-4,5-dihydroxy-fur
an-3-one
C6H8O6 Click Here To Enlarge
Glutamic acid Not Available 2-aminopentanedioic
acid
C5H9NO4 Click Here To Enlarge
Glycine 87867-94-5 2-aminoacetic acid C2H5NO2 Click Here To Enlarge
Histidine 6027-02-7 2-amino-3-(3H-imidaz
ol-4-yl)propanoic
acid
C6H9N3O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Methionine 348-67-4 2-amino-4-methylsulf
anyl-butanoic acid
C5H11NO2S Click Here To Enlarge
Niacin 99148-57-9 pyridine-3-carboxyli
c acid
C6H5NO2 Click Here To Enlarge
Phenylalanine 3617-44-5 2-amino-3-phenyl-pro
panoic acid
C9H11NO2 Click Here To Enlarge
Riboflavin Not Available Not Available C17H21N4O9P Click Here To Enlarge
Thiamin 59-43-8 2-[3-[(4-amino-2-met
hyl-pyrimidin-5-yl)m
ethyl]-4-methyl-1-th
ia-3-azoni acyclope
nta-2,4-dien-5-yl]et
hanol
C12H17N4OS+ Click Here To Enlarge
Tyrosine 556-02-5 2-amino-3-(4-hydroxy
phenyl)-propanoic
acid
C9H11NO3 Click Here To Enlarge
Valine 7004-03-7 2-amino-3-methyl-but
anoic acid
C5H11NO2 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

In liver problems (plant juice) and eye inflammations (flower juice); for anemia, piles, nervous and general debility (plant); ringworm infection (buds)

Reference

Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

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