Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Solanales

Convolvulaceae - Morning-glory family

Cuscutaceae

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987) Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1)

Description of the family

Herbs or shrubs, sometimes with latex, usually twining or prostrate, less often erect, sometimes parasitic with leaves reduced to scales (Cuscuta). Stipules 0, but stipule-like structures sometimes present. Leaves alternate. Flowers often large and showy, usually bracteate, 5-merous, actinomorphic, bisexual. Sepals 5. Corolla fused, entire or slightly 4-5-lobed, usually campanulate or funnel-shaped, less often cylindric. Styles 1-2, mostly terminal; stigmas 1-4. Ovary superior, entire or 2-4-lobed. Fruit usually a dry loculicidal capsule, sometimes indehiscent and baccate or nut-like. Seeds 1-4 (rarely 6 or 10).

Worldwide: 56 genera and 1600 species, cosmopolitan but occurring especially in warm areas.

Zimbabwe: 6 cultivated genera and 17 cultivated taxa.

Ipomoea cairica var. cairica

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Dichondra J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.Description, Image
Ipomoea L.Description, Image
Merremia Dennst. ex Endl.Description
Mina Cerv.Description
Porana Burm. f.Description
Stictocardia Hallier f.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Convolvulaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Convolvulaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Convolvulaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Convolvulaceae
Flora of Malawi: Convolvulaceae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Convolvulaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Convolvulaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Convolvulaceae
Flora of Zambia: Convolvulaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Convolvulaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Convolvulaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Convolvulaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Convolvulaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=62, retrieved 30 September 2016

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