Ipomoea alba L.

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Ipomoea alba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Ipomoea alba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Ipomoea alba

Photo: Mark Hyde
Greystone Park Nature Reserve

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Synonyms: Calonyction aculeatum (L.) House
Calonyction speciosum Choisy
Convolvulus aculeatus L.
Ipomoea bona-nox L.
Common names: Moon flower (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Introduced
Annual or perennial climber. Stems with milky sap, sparsely prickly. Leaves broadly ovate to heart-shaped, often more or less 3-lobed. Flowers large, white with lime-green bands, opening at night. Fruit a fleshy capsule, held in the thickened remains of the calyx.
Notes: It was introduced as a garden ornamental and is known as an occasional naturalised escape.The image is of a well naturalised plant and is the first record for the Central division.
Derivation of specific name: alba: white
Habitat: In riverine forest
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Native of tropical America
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 22 May 2006

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 110 - 111. (Includes a picture).


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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: Species information: Ipomoea alba.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147500, retrieved 26 October 2016

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