Ipomoea plebeia R. Br.
subsp. africana A. Meeuse

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Ipomoea plebeia subsp. africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Ipomoea plebeia subsp. africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Ipomoea plebeia subsp. africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Ipomoea plebeia subsp. africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Ipomoea plebeia subsp. africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Ipomoea plebeia subsp. africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

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Synonyms: Ipomoea cardiosepala Baker & Wright
Ipomoea cynanchifolia C.B. Clarke
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Slender prostrate or twining annual herb. Leaves ovate-triangular, 4-9 cm long, cordate at the base, hairy with ciliate margins; margin entire. Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-flowered heads, sessile or on a short peduncle up to 1 cm long. Corolla relatively small, up to 1.5 cm in diameter, funnel-shaped, white, sometimes with a purple centre. Sepals ovate-triangular, hairless or pubescent, accrescent in fruit. Capsule hairless. Seeds shortly pubescent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: plebeia: common or inferior, probably referring to the small size of plant and flowers;
africana: African (subsp. plebeia is restricted to Australia and Malaysia).
Habitat: In woodland, grassland, scrub, along roadsides and in cultivated areas.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1525 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, annual.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 August 2012
Literature:

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Page 63.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 370. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 50.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 94. as Ipomoea cynanchifolia (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 plebeia subsp. africana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147940, retrieved 1 July 2016

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