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Bose Silverweed   
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Bose Silverweed
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Bose Silverweed, Bose Morning Glory, Bose Woodrose • Gujarati: Kumbharao • Marathi: Maralmathangi
Botanical name: Argyreia boseana    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)

Bose Silverweed is a woody perennial herb with stems hairless or velvet-hairy. It is named in the memory of Sir J.C. Bose. It has some similarity to the East Himalayan Hooker's Woodrose. Leaves are ovate-heart-shaped, up to 30 x 24 cm long, often broader than long, hairless, blunt and apiculate. Leaves have 8-14 pairs of nerves. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, 1 or 2 or more flowered. Flower-cluster-stalks are as long or longer than the flower-stalks, hairless or softly hairy. Sepal cup is tubular, 1.8-2 cm, sepals unequal. Flower tube is 5-9 cm long, broadly funnel-shaped, pink, hairless, limb 7 cm across. Stamens are unequal ovary hairless. Floral bracts are up to 6 x 1.6 cm. Capsules are spherical, berry-like, 1.6 cm across, leathery, hairless. Bose Silverweed is found in cultivated lands, along road sides and railway lines, in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Flowering: August-October.
Medicinal uses: Stem is used in healing of wounds. Paste of the stem is applied on the wound, after cleaning of the wound, until it gets recovered.

Identification credit: Pramod Lawand Photographed in Sakharpa, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.

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