Holostemma Creeper is a handsome, extensive, laticiferous, twining shrub
with large conspicuous flowers. The bark is deeply cracked. The leaves
are ovate to heart-shaped, 5-12 × 2-8 cm, coriaceous, acute, smooth
above, and finely pubescent. The flowers are greenish-yellow in color,
purplish crimson inside, in lateral cymes. The petals are thick, typical
of the milkweed family. Flowers are very fragrant. The central crown is
edible. The fruits follicles sub-woody, 6-9 cm long, tapering and green.
The roots are pretty long up to a meter or more in length, thick,
cylindrical and irregularly twisted. It grows over hedges and in open
forests especially on the lower slopes of hills. But its occurance has
diminished very much within this range of distribution and hence it is
considered endangered. Flowering: April-September.
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Mainly the roots and the whole plant are used for medicinal purposes.
Externally the paste of its leaves and roots alleviate oedema due to
vitiation of pitta dosa. The herb is beneficial for external use in
various skin diseases, wounds and inflammation of the skin.
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