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chittaranjan pathak chittaranjanpathak at yahoo.com
Sun May 27 00:18:56 PDT 2007

Mahanta da
I have looked at both the pictures-the madhobi
lota/Beena/Kunjolota (as you said now) resembles none
of the two pictures. But the write up below vividly
describes the flower. The long stems are greenish-not
like those photos where the stem seems to be covered
by the petals.
Whoever wrote the description below-has grown up with
Madhobi-lota.Made me quite nostalgic. But I think I
will never be able to have a plant here in
Australia-strick quarantine regulations of Australia
makes any import of plant/seeds impossible.
Will have to wait till my next visit

--- Chan Mahanta <cmahanta at charter.net> wrote:

> Hi Chitta:
> Sounds likle 'madhobi lota'  is what we used to call
> 'kunjo-lota' ( 
> Ipomea sloteri).
> See if it is: 
> http://davesgarden.com/pf/showimage/21628/   or  
> I grew it in St. Louis for a couple of years, long
> ago. Got seeds 
> from Namti. But gave up doing so--- takes too much
> space to have it 
> show well, and too much trouble :-). Seeds are
> widely available in 
> the USA from mail order nurseries.
> >
> >I have seen madhabilata. It's a creeper. They bloom
> profusely. The 
> >flowers have thin, long ( about 3/4 inches) stems
> and the pink 
> >petals are oval shaped. The size of the flower is 
> kind of like 
> >vinca.The flowers bloom in a bunch together.
> Madhabilata flowers 
> >have tiny  holes inside and you can make a garland
> out of several 
> >flowers by pushing in the stems into the center of
> a flower one 
> >after another. You don't need a needle. My mom
> showed me how.When I 
> >was about five years old,  I used to make  garlands
> every 
> >morning for my grandfather. He was not keeping
> well. I remember him 
> >lying in bed , resting but he would always raise
> his head to accept 
> >the flower garland from me. I loved making flower 
> garland for 
> >him.The flowers have sweet fragrance and the
> humming birds love 
> >them. You can snip off the end of the stem and suck
> the nectar.The 
> >nectar taste so good. Last time I visited Guahati
> the  madhabilata 
> >was still there.I touched it and smelled it.
> Different people live 
> >in that house now.  Who knows ? They must have cut
> it.The forty year 
> >old creeper was a nuisance to them because they
> needed to add a 
> > room in the front.
> >We do have a small plant here in our back yard in
> Houston . Saw it 
> >in a nursery in Houston.  It is not a giant creeper
> but a very tiney 
> >one Had to have it:). This morning I saw tiny
> flower buds pushing 
> >thru the branches.
> >

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