Ipomoea cairica (L.) Sweet
var. cairica

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Ipomoea cairica var. cairica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

Ipomoea cairica var. cairica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hillside Park, Harare

Ipomoea cairica var. cairica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hillside Park, Harare

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Frequency: Frequent
Status: Probably introduced
Description:
Perennial herb, growing from a tuberous rootstock. A prostrate creeper or twining into other vegetation. Leaves palmate with 5 to 7 lobes.
Notes: Var. indica is confined to NE Africa and India.
Derivation of specific name: cairica: from Cairo, Egypt
Habitat: A common inhabitant of swampy grassland, riverine edges and roadsides, where it may cover extensive areas.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1650 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa; also from the eastern Mediterranean region through Asia to Taiwan
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 30 June 2006
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 122 - 171. (Includes a picture).

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 105 - 106. As Ipomoea cairica (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 263. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 49. as Ipomoea cairica


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Flora of Botswana: Ipomoea cairica var. cairica
Flora of Malawi: Ipomoea cairica var. cairica
Flora of Mozambique: Ipomoea cairica var. cairica
Flora of Zambia: Ipomoea cairica var. cairica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ipomoea cairica var. cairica

External websites:

African Plant Database: Ipomoea cairica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Ipomoea cairica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ipomoea cairica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ipomoea cairica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ipomoea cairica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ipomoea cairica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ipomoea cairica
Ispot Southern Africa : Ipomoea cairica
JSTOR Plant Science: Ipomoea cairica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ipomoea cairica
Tropicos: Ipomoea cairica
West African Plants database: Ipomoea cairica


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 cairica var. cairica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147580, retrieved 30 September 2016

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