Kolmi-lota or Water spinach (ipomoea aquatica, family: convolvulaceae) is an annual floating herb from Morning glory family. It is found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, most commonly in East, South and Southeast Asia. Stem is soft and creeping nature. It grows in water or on the edge of water bodies. As a very popular vegetable, leaves are eaten frequently by the local people.
Common names: Kalmilata, Water spinach, River spinach, Water morning glory, Water convolvulus, Swamp cabbage
Flowers are whitish-violet, showy, single, axillary, funnel-shaped, 3-5 cm in diameter; blooms mainly in autumn.