Ipomoea albivenia (Lindl.) Sweet

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Ipomoea albivenia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road 11, close to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Ipomoea albivenia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road 11, close to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Ipomoea albivenia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road 11, close to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Ipomoea albivenia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road 11, close to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Convolvulus albivenius Lindl.
Ipomoea gerrardii Hook. f.
Ipomoea wakefieldii Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Very local in Zimbabwe.
Status: Native
Description:
Strong climber, sometimes shrub-like, with branches up to 10 m long. Leaves alternate, ovate, oblong-ovate to almost circular, up to 13 × 16 cm, more or less cordate at the base, densely white woolly hairy, particularly when young and on the veins beneath; margin entire to slightly crenate; petiole slender, 3.5-7-5 cm long. white woolly. Flowers in few-flowered, axillary inflorescences on short peduncles. Corolla funnel-shaped, white, cream or yellowish with a mauve tube up to 14.5 cm long, hairless. Fruit a hairless pointed capsule up to 2.2 cm long, dehiscing to reveal brown seeds embedded in a dense "cotton ball" of very long brownish-white hairs.
Notes: The grey-green, densely woolly stems and leaves as well as the cotton-wool embedded seeds resemble Ipomoea verbascoidea. That species has mauve-pink flowers and occurs at higher altitudes, usually in different types of miombo woodland.
Derivation of specific name: albivenia: white-veined
Habitat: Deciduous woodland and open grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Images last updated: Sunday 15 September 2013
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 47.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 334 - 335. (Includes a picture).

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Page 118.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 36.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 178 - 179. (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 albivenia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147510, retrieved 30 August 2016

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