Argyreia osyrensis (plant)
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Argyreia osyrensis is a slender vine native to South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent. It has been reported as having antibacterial and antioxidant properties (Antibacterial and antioxidant properties of Argyreia osyrensis. Mahendra et al. Annals of Phytomedicine 5(1): 110-115, 2016.)
Many members of the family are used medicinally and for divination purposes (for example, Rivea corymbosa, Stictocardia tiliifolia and Ipomoea violacea). Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato) is a family member used for food production. Ipomoea costata is an Australian species used by Aboriginals as a carbohydrate source from its large underground tubers. Many are also used as purgatives, containing glycoresins in the leaves and roots. Compounds of the ergot type also cause muscle contraction and have been used in certain situations and problems associated with pregnancy.
Care and Cultivation of Argyreia osyrensis
Argyreia osyrensis is a vine in tropical and subtropical conditions which has heart-shaped leaves, and dainty pink/purple flowers. Likes adequate water and a full-sun to part-shade position in well drained soil. Fertilise well over the growing season.
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