Ipomoea involucrata P. Beauv.
var. involucrata

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Ipomoea involucrata var. involucrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Ipomoea involucrata var. involucrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Ipomoea involucrata var. involucrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Edge of Aberfoyle Golf course

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Status: Native
Annual or perennial twining herb, with stems up to 4 m long. A vigorous twiner, sometimes covering surrounding vegetation. Stems, leaves, peduncles and large bracts hairy. Leaves broadly heart-shaped with a deeply cordate base, up to 13 cm long, hairy on both surfaces, often more densely so below. Flowers funnel-shaped, whitish to pink, often darker in the throat, in heads arising from a distinct boat-shaped bract (photo right). Capsule spherical, hairless. See I. pileata for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: involucrata: with an involucre, referring to the boat-shaped bract subtending the inflorescence
Habitat: Along forest margins, often in secondary vegetation, on road sides and a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Jun - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa and northern South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 16 June 2009

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 131.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 75 - 76.


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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 involucrata var. involucrata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147770, retrieved 23 October 2016

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