Locations of Argyreia Nervosa
Present on Pacific Islands? yes
Threat only at high elevations? no
Other Latin names: A. speciosa (L. f.) Sweet
English: elephant creeper, Hawaiian baby woodrose, silver morning glory, woolly morning glory
French: coup d’air, liane a minguet, liane d’argentne a minguet, liane d’argent
Description: “Climbing vine to several meters long; herbage velvety pubescent, densely so when young; leaf blades 15-25 (30) cm long, 13-20 (30) cm wide, cordate, acuminate-attenuate apically, cordate basally; flowers in cymes, on long, white-tomentose peduncles; sepals 13-15 mm long, velvety like the herbage; pedicels to 15 cm long; flowers 5-7.5 cm long, the corolla with a short tube and campanulate limb, lavender to pink, the throat darker.” (Welsh, 1998)
A native of eastern India and Bangladesh, this vigorous twiner will grow 30 ft (9 m) or more into the treetops, but can be trained over a post or stump and kept trimmed to a mound-like form. A dense white down covers both young stems and leaf undersides. The leaves are ovate-cordate, to 1 foot across, white beneath with lateral veins conspicuous on the undersides. Tight clusters of trumpet-shaped bright pink flowers about 2 in (5 cm) across on pedicels to 6 inches long appear among the foliage in spring and summer.
Habitat/ecology: Climbing vine. It is reportedly valuable for medicinal properties in India. Ayurveda states that it is vata and kapha suppressant. It helps in healing of wounds and increases blood circulation to the effective part. It strengthens the nervous system and promotes memory. It is anti inflammatory in action and is cardiac supporter. It helps in digestion. It is also helpful in throat related problems. It increases sperms count and decreases the inflammation in the uterus. It is also helpful in resolving urine related problems and is also effective in diabetes. It also strengthens the body.
In a tropical climate cultivation is simple, the plants making very vigorous growth in a sunny position in moist soil. In cooler climates they can be grown in a sunny conservatory, but due to their rampant growth will need frequent cutting back.
Propagation: Berries dispersed by birds.
Native range: Burma and India.
|French Polynesia||Raiatea||Welsh, 1998|
|French Polynesia||Tahiti||Welsh, 1998|
|Hawaii||Kauai||Wagner et al., 1999|
|Hawaii||Maui||Wagner et al., 1999|
Pacific rim: Australia.
Comments: Invasive in northern Queensland.
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- Welsh, S. L. 1998. Flora Societensis: A summary revision of the flowering plants of the Society Islands. E.P.S. Inc., Orem, Utah. p. 137.
- Yuncker, T.G. 1959. Plants of Tonga. B. P. Bishop Museum Bull. 220:228
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- Botany of HBWR Seeds – Includes chemical analysis.
- Comparison of A. nervosa and Morning Glory seeds – by Richard Schultes
- Cultivating Argyreia nervosa – Complete Details and Growing Tips.
- The Convolvulaceae Family of Plants – by K. Edley.
- History of Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Seeds – from Psychedelic Encyclopedia.
- Location of Hawaiian Baby Woodrose – Where the Are in the World.
- Ergot of Rye – from a college botany lecture.
- Myths & Misconceptions: Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Seeds – by K. Edley.
- Mexican divinatory agent: Ololiuhqui – by Gordon & Wasson