7003.000 Ipomoea L.

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

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, sometimes shrub-like or woody. Stems usually twining or prostrate, sometimes erect. Pseudostipules sometimes present. Leaves variable. Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-many-flowered cymes, sometimes in pseudoheads or enclosed in an involucre. Peduncles and pedicels usually present. Corolla usually actinomorphic, only slightly lobed. Sepals 5, usually unequal. Stamens 5, usually unequal, inserted near base of corolla tube. Ovary 2-3-4- or rarely 5-locular; style filiform. Stigmas 2, spherical. Capsule spherical to ovoid, dehiscent and 3-10-valved. Seeds usually 4, glabrous, pubescent or long-hairy.

Derivation of name: from Greek: ips meaning worm, homios meaning resembling, referring to the twining habitat

Worldwide: c.650 species in tropical and warm temperate zones

Zimbabwe: 62 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Agrius convolvuli (Convolvulus hawk) Food plant
Cyana pretoriae (Pretoria red-lines) Larval foodplant
Scopula minorata Larval foodplant
Ipomoea involucrata var. involucrata

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adenioides Schinz var. adenioides N,WDescription, Image
alba L.C,EDescription, Image
albivenia (Lindl.) SweetSDescription, Image
aquatica Forssk.N,W,EDescription, Image
atherstonei BakerC,E
barteri Baker var. barteri N,C,EDescription, Image
batatas (L.) Lam.CDescription, Image
blepharophylla Hallier f.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
bolusiana SchinzN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
cairica (L.) Sweet var. cairica N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
carnea Jacq. subsp. fistulosa (Mart. ex Choisy) D.F. AustinN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
chloroneura Hallier f.WDescription, Image
coptica (L.) Roth ex Roem. & Schult. var. coptica N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
coscinosperma Hochst. ex ChoisyW,C,E,SDescription, Image
crassipes Hook. var. crassipes N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
crepidiformis Hallier f. var. crepidiformis N
crepidiformis Hallier f. var. minor RendleCDescription, Image
dichroa Hochst. ex ChoisyN,W,C,SDescription, Image
eriocarpa R. Br.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. fulvicaulis W,C,E,SDescription, Image
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. asperifolia (Hallier f.) Verdc.N,C,EDescription, Image
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. heterocalyx (Schulze-Menz) Verdc.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
gracilisepala RendleW,CDescription, Image
hackeliana (Schinz) Hallier f.SDescription, Image
hederifolia L.WDescription, Image
hochstetteri HouseN,W,C,E,S
humidicola Verdc.W
indica (Burm.) Merr. var. acuminata (Vahl) FosbergN,C,EDescription, Image
involucrata P. Beauv. var. involucrata N,E,SDescription, Image
kituiensis Vatke var. kituiensis N,W,C,E,S
lapathifolia Hallier f. var. lapathifolia N,W,C,E
leucanthemum (Klotzsch) Hallier f.N,W,SDescription, Image
magnusiana SchinzW,E,SDescription, Image
marginata (Desr.) Verdc.N,W,C,E,S
mauritiana Jacq.N,WDescription, Image
nil (L.) RothN,C,E
obscura (L.) Ker Gawl. var. obscura N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
obscura (L.) Ker Gawl. var. sagittifolia Verdc.W,C,SDescription
ochracea (Lindl.) Sweet var. ochracea N,C
oenotherae (Vatke) Hallier f. var. oenotherae N,W,CDescription, Image
ommaneyi RendleW,C,E
papilio Hallier f.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pes-tigridis L. var. pes-tigridis N,W,E,SDescription, Image
pileata Roxb.N,W,C,SDescription, Image
plebeia R. Br. subsp. africana A. MeeuseN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
purpurea (L.) RothN,W,CDescription, Image
rubens ChoisyN,WDescription, Image
shirambensis BakerN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
shupangensis BakerN,WDescription, Image
simonsiana RendleN,WDescription, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. blepharosepala (Hochst. ex A. Rich.)Verdc.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. sinensis N,W,SDescription, Image
tenuipes Verdc.N,W,C,S
tenuirostris Steud. ex Choisy subsp. tenuirostris W,EDescription, Image
transvaalensis A. Meeuse subsp. orientalis Verdc.N
tricolor Cav.WDescription
tuberculata Ker Gawl. var. tuberculata N,W,E,SDescription, Image
turbinata Lag.N,W
verbascoidea ChoisyN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
verrucisepala Verdc.[End][VU]N,E
welwitschii Vatke ex Hallier f.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
wightii (Wall.) Choisy var. wightii N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ipomoea:

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ipomoea
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iNaturalist: Ipomoea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ipomoea
JSTOR Plant Science: Ipomoea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ipomoea
Plants of the World Online: Ipomoea
Tropicos: Ipomoea
Wikipedia: Ipomoea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Ipomoea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1186, retrieved 28 May 2024

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