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Hiptage Benghalensis or Madhabi Lata(in bengali) is a stout, high-climbing liana or large shrub, with white or yellowish hairs on the stem. Its leaves are lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate and approximately 20 cm (8 in) long and 9 cm (4 in) broad; petioles are up to 1 cm long.It has scandent branches up to 5 m (16 ft) high.
Madhabi Lata flowers intermittently during the year, and produces fragrant flowers borne in compact ten-to-thirty-flowered axillary racemes. The flowers are pink to white, with yellow marks. Fruits are samaras with three spreading, papery oblanceolate to elliptic wings, 2–5 cm long and propagate via wind or by cuttings.
Hiptage benghalensis, often simply called Hiptage, is a perennial, evergreen liana native to India, Southeast Asia and the Philippines.Its habitat is variable and prefers climates ranging from warm temperate to tropical. In Hawai'i, where H. benghalensis is considered a weed, as it is in Australia, Mauritius and Réunion,
it grows from sea level to 1,000 m (3,281 ft). Madhabi Lata is cultivated for its white-pink scented flowers.Madhabi Lata is widely cultivated in the tropics for its attractive and fragrant flowers; it can be trimmed to form a small tree or shrub or can be trained as a vine. It is also occasionally cultivated for medicinal
purposes in the alternative medicine practice ayurveda: the leaves and bark are hot, acrid, bitter, insecticidal, vulnerary and useful in the treatment of biliousness, cough, burning sensation, thirst and inflammation; it also has the ability to treat skin diseases and leprosy.

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