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.
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 27 July 2016