Ipomoea purpurea (L.) Roth

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Ipomoea purpurea

Photo: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Ipomoea purpurea

Photo: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Ipomoea purpurea

Photo: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

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Synonyms: Convolvulus purpurea L.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent in urban areas
Status: Introduced
Trailing or climbing annual. Leaves ovate to ± circular with cordate base. Sepals 1-1.5 cm, outer acute with bristly hairs in lower portion. Corolla funnel-shaped, white, pink blue or magenta. Seeds black, puberulous.
Derivation of specific name: purpurea: purple
Habitat: Disturbed ground, roadsides and gardens.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America ; widely naturalised in the tropics
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 25 February 2006

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 87 - 88. (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 204.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ipomoea purpurea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ipomoea purpurea
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ipomoea purpurea
Tropicos: Ipomoea purpurea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ipomoea purpurea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147950, retrieved 28 February 2017

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