10 December, 2023

Garlic Vine at Chiang Mai Urban Farm สวนผักคนเมืองเชียงใหม่ Thailand

Mansoa alliacea, also known as "cymbopogon alliaceus" or "garlic vine," is a species of flowering vine in the Bignoniaceae family. It is native to Central and South America, particularly Brazil and the Amazon rainforest region. The plant is known for its strong garlic-like scent, which is where its common name is derived from.

Mansoa alliacea, or garlic vine, is a species of tropical liana in the family Bignoniaceae.
It is native to Northern South America, and has spread to Central America and Brazil.
Among the mestizos of the Amazon rainforest it is known as ajo sacha, a Spanish-Quechua name that means "forest garlic" or "wild garlic".

It is a perennial evergreen flowering vine & it requires trelling or chain like fencing or arbors for growing over it. Garlic creeper Botanically known as Mansoa alliaceae or Adenocalymna alliaceae from Bignoniaceae family.

Appearance: Mansoa alliacea is a woody vine that can reach a height of 10 meters or more. It has opposite, compound leaves with leaflets that are usually lance-shaped. The flowers are tubular and trumpet-shaped, typically pale lavender to purple in color.

Garlic Vine, as well as its closely related cousin Membranous Garlic Vine (Mansoa hymenaea), is a woody vine that likes to attach itself to the trunks of large trees as it grows up towards the sunlight.

Aroma: The plant's leaves, flowers, and stems emit a pungent garlic-like odor when crushed or bruised. This scent is responsible for its common name, garlic vine.
A fast growing vine, Garlic Vine grows best in a sunny position but will tolerate some shade, and prefers a rich well drained soil.

Garlic vine will grow in virtually any kind of soil in full sun to half shade conditions. It grow on well-drained soils with moderate watering. Watering should be regular & thorough. During the hot dry season , it can take twice a day watering.

Medicinal Uses: In traditional medicine, Mansoa alliacea has been used for various purposes. It is believed to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. Extracts from the plant have been studied for their potential use in treating fungal infections, malaria, and other conditions, although more research is needed to confirm their effectiveness.

The plant grows effectively from cuttings in terms of garlic vine propagation. Remove the lowest leaves from a semi-hardwood cutting with at least three nodes before planting it in a moist combination of sand and compost.

It is beautiful ornamental flowering vine with opposite leaves divided into two ovates leaflets. It produces numerous woody vines from the root that grow only 2-3 m tall and form a shrub-like appearance with bright green leaves up to 15 cm long.

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