Madhavi Lata
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Madhavi Lata
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Common name: Hiptage, Helicopter Flower • Hindi: Madhavi lata माधवी लता • Manipuri: ꯃꯥꯙꯕꯤ Madhabi • Kannada: ಮಾಧವಿ Madhavi, ವಸಂತದೂತಿ Vasantadooti ಅದಿರ್ಗಂತಿ Adirganti, ಅದಿರ್ಗಂಚಿ Adirganchi, ಅದಿರ್ಮುತ್ತೆ Adirmutte, ಕುರುಕತ್ತಿ Kurukatti • Bengali: মাধবীলতা Madhabilata • Sanskrit: मधुमाधवी Madhumadhavi, माधवीलता Madhavilata, लतामाधवी Latamadhavi, माधवी Madhavi, वसन्तदूती Vasantaduti • Tamil: வசந்தகால மல்லிகை Vasantakaala malligai • Mizo: Raisentur • Nepali: चारपाते लहरो Charpate laharo
Botanical name: Hiptage benghalensis      Family: Malpighiaceae (Barbados cherry family)

Madhavi lata, native from India to the Philippines, is a vine like plant that is often cultivated in the tropics for its attractive and fragrant flowers. A woody climbing shrub with clusters of pink to white and yellow fragrant flowers and 3-winged, helicopter-like fruits. Flowers have very interesting shape and look like a decorative accessory, with fluffy-toothed edges. The fragrance is very strong and pleasant, resembles fruity perfume. Leaves are narrow and drooping. This plant can be trimmed as a bush, and can be crown in container, too. Used medicinally in India. Make sure to provide lots of light for profuse blooming. The genus name, Hiptage, is derived from the Greek hiptamai, which means "to fly" and refers its unique three-winged fruit known as "samara". The fruit is carried by wind because of its papery wings.
Medicinal uses: The bark, leaves and flowers are aromatic, bitter, acrid, astringent, refrigerant, vulnerary, expectorant, cardiotonic, anti-inflammatory and insecticidal. They are useful in burning sensation, wounds, ulcers, cough, asthma.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Lodhi Garden, Delhi

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