Cardiospermum

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Cardiospermum
Cardiospermum sp. vine
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Sapindales
Family:Sapindaceae
Subfamily:Sapindoideae
Genus:Cardiospermum
L.[1]
Species

14 species, see text.

 
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Cardiospermum
Cardiospermum sp. vine
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Sapindales
Family:Sapindaceae
Subfamily:Sapindoideae
Genus:Cardiospermum
L.[1]
Species

14 species, see text.

Cardiospermum is a genus of approximately 14 species in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae, which are native to the American, Indian, and African tropics. The genus name is derived from the Greek words καρδία, meaning "heart," and σπέρμα, meaning "seed."[2] Common names of the members of this genus include Balloon Vine, Love in a Puff, Heartseed, and Heartseed Vine. These plants are classified as invasive species in parts of the Southern United States and South Africa.

Uses

The Cardiospermum genus consists primarily of herbaceous vines, which are cultivated in warm regions as ornamental plants. Extractions of Cardiospermum seed are included in skin creams that claim to treat eczema and other skin conditions.

Species

It is a very famous herb in Tamilnadu India, in treating rheumatoid, joint pain, skin diseases and intestinal inflammation. For references and medicinal uses further siddha medicinal references can be usefull, also it is commonly called as mudakathan keerai in tamil language.

References

  1. ^ "Cardiospermum L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2006-03-29. http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/genus.pl?2078. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  2. ^ Ellis, Barbara W. (1999). Taylor's Guide to Annuals: How to Select and Grow More Than 400 Annuals, Biennials, and Tender Perennials. Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-395-94352-6. http://books.google.com/books?id=oggXnpOA6wwC.