Family: Convolvulaceae

Synonym:Convolvulus malabaricus L., Hewittia bicolor Wight & Arn.

Bengali/Vernacular name:Hiwet.

Tribal name: Tallun-payn (Chak).

English name:Malabar hewittia.

Description of the plant: A perennial herb, twining or prostrate, 1-2 m, occasionally rooting at nodes. Leaves petiolate, petiole 1-6 cm, leaf blade ovate, 3-10 X 3-8 cm, base cordate, hastate or truncate, margin entire or 3-lobed, apex acuminate. Inflorescence often 1-flowered, flower pale yellow or whitish with purple center. Fruit a capsule, enclosed by persistent calyx, depressed globose, 8-10 m across; seeds dull black-trigonous.

Plant parts used: Leaf, root.

Herbal uses:Paste prepared from the leaves of the plant is applied into cuts, boils, and abscesses once a day for seven days to treat it.

A decoction prepared from the roots of the plant is taken in empty stomach thrice a day (50 ml amount each time) for two days to treat thread worm infestation.

The leaves of the plant are crushed into paste and applied for the treatment of wounds.

The leaves are rubbed into sores to treat it.

A powder made with the roots of the plant is taken with water twice a day (5 g amount each time) until the syphilis is cured.

A paste prepared from the leaves of the plant is applied to the snakebite place by tightly tying with a piece of cloth to treat it.

Distribution: The species is found in Chittagong and the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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