7003.000 Ipomoea L.

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

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, sometimes shrub-like or woody. Stems usually twining or prostrate, sometimes erect. Pseudostipules sometimes present. Leaves variable. Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-many-flowered cymes, sometimes in pseudoheads or enclosed in an involucre. Peduncles and pedicels usually present. Corolla usually actinomorphic, only slightly lobed. Sepals 5, usually unequal. Stamens 5, usually unequal, inserted near base of corolla tube. Ovary 2-3-4- or rarely 5-locular; style filiform. Stigmas 2, spherical. Capsule spherical to ovoid, dehiscent and 3-10-valved. Seeds usually 4, glabrous, pubescent or long-hairy.

Worldwide: c.650 species in tropical and warm temperate zones

Zimbabwe: 12 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Agrius convolvuli (Convolvulus hawk) Food plant
Cyana pretoriae (Pretoria red-lines) Larval foodplant
Scopula minorata Larval foodplant
Ipomoea cairica var. cairica

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesContent
alba L.Description, Image
arborescens (H.B.K.) G. Don
batatas (L.) Lam.Description, Image
cairica (L.) Sweet var. cairica Description, Image
carnea Jacq. subsp. fistulosa (Mart. ex Choisy) D.F. AustinDescription, Image
hederifolia L.Description, Image
horsfalliae Hook.
indica (Burm.) Merr. var. acuminata (Vahl) FosbergDescription, Image
intrapilosa Rose
nil (L.) Roth
purpurea (L.) RothDescription, Image
quamoclit L.Image

Other sources of information about Ipomoea:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ipomoea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ipomoea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ipomoea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ipomoea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ipomoea

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: genus page: Ipomoea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1186, retrieved 29 June 2016

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