Ipomoea indica (Burm.) Merr.
var. acuminata (Vahl) Fosberg

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Ipomoea indica var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Ipomoea indica var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

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Common names: Purple morning-glory (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Introduced
Perennial climbing herb.Stems hairy. Leaves ovate entire or more or less 3-lobed. Flowers mostly purple-blue but also magenta or reddish-pink. Fruit a spherical capsule. This species is very similar to the more common and widespread Ipomoea purpurea, differing mainly in the shorter and more tapering calyx lobes.
Notes: The plants displayed in images 1 and 2 are well naturalised and appear to be first records for the C Division
Derivation of specific name: indica: of India
Habitat: Riverine vegetation
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - May but throughout year
Worldwide distribution: Introduced as a garden ornamental and is known as a regular naturalised escape throughout the tropical world. Its origins are uncertain, possibly native to the West Indies.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 17 October 2005

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Page 86.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ipomoea indica
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West African Plants database: Ipomoea indica

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 indica var. acuminata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147760, retrieved 27 October 2016

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