Merremia vitifolia (Burm. f.) Hallier f.

Last updated: 6 July 2015

Scientific Name

Merremia vitifolia (Burm. f.) Hallier f.


Convolvulus angularis Burm. f., Ipomoea vitifolia (Burm. f.) Blume. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Akar lulang bulu, ulan raya (Peninsular), lulang bulu [2][3]
English Grapeleaf merremia [3]
China Zhang ye yu huang cao [3]
India Botturing, dukhumi bider, dukhumi bidu, navalicha vel, navli [3]
Indonesia Ginda purang utang (Javanese), areuy kawoyang (Sundanese), dewulu (Madurese) [2][3]
Thailand Ching chaw [2][3]
Philippines Lakmit (Tagalog); kalalakmit (Sulu) [2][3]
Cambodia Var moba mek [2][3]
Vietnam b[if]m l[as]nho [2][3].

Geographical Distributions

Merremia vitifolia is distributed from India, the Andaman Islands and Sri Lanka to Indo-China and throughout Malesia. [2]

M. vitifolia occurs in regions with or without a strong dry season, in open grasslands, thickets, hedges, along fields, in teak forests, along edges of secondary forests, on river-banks and roadsides, from sea-level up to 900 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

M. vitifolia is comes from the family Convolvulaceae. It is a large twiner, with a size of measuring 2-5 m long, cylindrical stems where the older ones is striate and smooth or patently white hirsute. [2]

The leaves are orbicular in outline, with a size of measure about 5-18 cm x 5-16 cm, cordate base, palmately lobed, with 5-7 lobes, broadly triangular to lance-shaped, acuminate to obtuse apex, coarsely dentate to crenate margin, sparsely to densely hairy and with a size of measuring about 2-15 cm long petiole. [2]

The flowers are 1-3(-5) together, with a size of measure 1-15 cm long peduncle and tiny bracts. The flower buds are narrowly ovoid or acute in shape, with a size of measuring 8-20 mm long pedicel and club-shaped in fruit. The sepals are oblong to ovate-oblong in shape, with glandular pellucid dots, with a size of measure 12-20 mm long while in fruit is a measuring about 20-25 mm long, thick, sub leathery and whitish inside. The petal is funnel-shaped, with a size of measure 4-6 cm long and obtuse lobes. The midpetaline bands are distinctly 5-veined, bright yellow in colour, towards the base of paler and with spirally twisted anthers. [2]

The capsule is slightly spherical in shape, with a size of measure 12 mm high, papery and straw-coloured. The measuring about 6-7 mm long seed is dull black in colour and smooth glabrous. [2]


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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of M. vitifolia. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Merremia vitifolia (Burm.f.) Hallier f. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 July 6]. Available from:
  2. Mansur M. Merremia vitifolia (Burm.f.) Hallier f. In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 2001; p. 373
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume IV M-Q. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 125.