Water Morning Glory
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Water Morning Glory
ative Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Water Morning Glory, Swamp cabbage, aquatic morning glory, Chinese water spinach • Hindi: Nali, कलमी साग Kalmi sag • Manipuri: ꯀꯣꯂꯝꯅꯤ Kolamni • Marathi: नालीची भाजी Nalichi-bhaji • Tamil: Sarkaraivalli • Telugu: Tutikura • Kannada: ನೀರುಬಿಳಿಗಡ್ಡೆ ಹಂಬು Neeru Bili gadde hambu, ನೀರುಹಂಬು Neeru hambu • Bengali: কলমী সাগ Kulmi sag • Oriya: Kalama saga • Konkani: Takasi vel • Sanskrit: Karemu, Kalambi
Botanical name: Ipomoea aquatica    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)

Water Morning Glory is a semi-aquatic tropical plant grown as a leaf vegetable. Its precise natural distribution is unknown due to extensive cultivation, with the species found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Water Morning Glory grows in water or on moist soil. Its stems are 2-3 m or more long, hollow, allowing them to float, and these root at the nodes. The leaves vary from sagittate (typical) to lanceolate, 5-15 cm long and 2-8 cm broad. The flowers are trumpet-shaped, 3-5 cm diameter, usually white in colour, with a purple center. It is most commonly grown in East and Southeast Asia. Because it flourishes naturally in waterways and does not require much if any care, it is used extensively in Malay and Chinese cuisine.

Identification credit: Prashant More Photographed in Maharashtra.

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