Alugbati (Bis.) Ilaibakir (Ilk.)
Arogbati (Bik.) Libato (Tag.)
Dundul (Sul.)Lo k'uei (Chin.)
Grana (Tag.) Malabar nightshage (Engl.)
Spinach vine (Engl.)
A succulent, branched, smooth, twining herbaceous vine, several meters in length.Stems are purplish or green. Leaves are fleshy, ovate or heart-shaped, 5 to 12 cmslong, stalked, tapering to a pointed tip with a cordate base. Spikes are axillary,solitary, 5-29 cm long. Fruit is fleshy, stalkless, ovoid or spherical, 5-6 mm long, andpurple when mature.
Found in settled and cultivated areas, in hedges.
Properties and constituents
Demulcent, diuretic, emollient, laxative, rubefacient.Study isolated Basellasaponins A, B, C, and D, oleanane-type triterpenesoligoglycosides were isolated from fresh aerial parts.
Common market product, a popular leafy and stew vegetable, a good substitute for