Argyreia nervosa Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
baby wood-rose elephant-climber elephant-creeper elephant-vine silken-cord silver-morning-glory wood-rose woolly-morning-glory

Argyreia nervosa is a perennial climbing vine that is native to the Indian subcontinent and introduced to numerous areas worldwide, including Hawaii, Africa and the Caribbean. Though it can be invasive, it is often prized for its aesthetic value. Common names include Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, Adhoguda अधोगुडा or Vidhara विधारा, Elephant Creeper and Woolly Morning Glory. There are two botanical varieties: Argyreia nervosa var. nervosa described here, and Argyrea nervosa var. speciosa, a species used in ayurvedic medicine, but with little to no psychoactive value. A. nervosa seeds contain various ergoline alkaloids, such as ergine, which can produce psychedelic effects. Ergine is found in the seeds at a concentration of around 0.3% of dry weight.

Argyreia nervosa

Medical use

Economic importance of Argyreia nervosa

Environmental ornamental ornamental
Medicines folklore folklore
Social halucinogen halucinogen

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: India

Biological activities

Analeptic
Strychnine found in Plant
Antiapneic
Strychnine found in Plant
Antidote
Strychnine found in Plant
Antihyperglycemic
Strychnine found in Plant
Antioxidant
Strychnine found in Plant
Apertif
Strychnine found in Plant
CNS-Stimulant
Strychnine found in Plant
Canicide
Strychnine found in Plant
Circulatory-Stimulant
Strychnine found in Plant
Convulsant
Strychnine found in Plant
Hallucinogen
Isoergine found in Seed
Peristaltic
Strychnine found in Plant
Rodenticide
Strychnine found in Plant
Stimulant
Strychnine found in Plant
Tonic
Strychnine found in Plant

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Chanoclavine Seed
Ergine Seed
Ergonovine Seed
Isoergine Seed
Lysergic-acid-amides Seed
Penniclavine Seed
Strychnine Plant
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]