Convolvulaceae

Jalape
  • Botanical: Ipomoea purga
  • Family: Convolvulaceae
  • Known as: Mexikanische Purgierwinde
  • Old Use: medical

Jalape

Ipomoea purga is described as a vine that can reach heights of 12 feet. When fresh, the root is black externally, white and milky within, and varies in size according to its age. It has heart shaped flowers and purple trumpet like leaves. Ipomoea purga is rather difficult to break down, but if triturated with cream of tartar, sugar of milk, or other hard salts, the process of pulverization is much easier, and the powder rendered much finer. When in powder form in order to ingest, the color is a pale grayish-brown

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