Scientific name: Ipomoea pes-tigridis. Name in different languages:- English: Tiger foot morning glory, Bindweed. Hindi: Ghiabati, Panchpatia पंचपतिया. Marathi: Vagh-padi. Bengali: Anguli lota অংগুলী লতা. Telugu: Chikunuvvu. Tamil: Punaikkirai, Pulichovadi. Malayalam: Poochakkal-valli, Naripadam, Pulichuvatu, Pulichuvadi.
The plant gets the name Tiger foot morning glory due the resemblance of its leaves to the foot of a tiger. The botanical name of this plant is Ipomoea pes-tigridis, and it belongs to the family convolvulaceae. The stem of the plant are mud colored and hairy, which is not visible. Tiger foot morning glory (Ipomoea pes-tigridis) has the excellent ability to remove poison. This plant is seen in places with less rainfall. The whole plant from root to tip have medicinal values, and can be easily cultivated in house compounds.
The medicine from tiger foot morning glory (Ipomoea pes-tigridis) is used to treat burns. For burns caused by fire or hot oil or hot water, the whole tiger foot morning glory plant is ground to a paste in rice water and applied on the injured area. For treating bites from scorpion, honey bee, beetles, wasp etc. the whole of tiger foot morning glory (Ipomoea pes-tigridis) is mixed with pepper, dried ginger, long pepper etc. and ground to a paste and applied on the affected area and this relieves the pain and inflammation.
This plant grows depending on the rain. This plant has the ability to withstand high summer due to the presence of hairy structures on the skin. This plant has the ability to retain the water content in the stem during hot climate. The plant is propagated through seeds, and can be grown in any soil. The plants flower between September and November. The seeds are covered with shiny hair like structures. The mature seeds are collected, dried in shade and used for propagation. Platforms of mud are made 1 meter wide. Pits are made in this platform and filled with animal manure and soil. In one platform, at least 4 seeds can be sown. The distance between each platform should be 1 meter apart. Tiger foot morning glory (Ipomoea pes-tigridis) needs no special care. Once the cultivation starts, tiger foot morning glory propagates on its own.