Ipomoea aquatica Forssk.

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Ipomoea aquatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools

Ipomoea aquatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Ipomoea aquatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Ipomoea aquatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Common names: Water spinach (English)
Status: Native
Annual or perennial herb, with long, semi-succulent, thick, prostrate or floating stems, often rooting at the nodes. Leaves variable, ovate, triangular, lanceolate or linear; base truncate, cordate, sagittate or hastate. petiole thick, hairless. Inflorescence 1-few-flowered. Corolla 4-10 cm long, funnel-shaped, purple, pink or white with a darker centre. Capsule spherical, hairless. Seeds pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: aquatica: aquatic; growing in water
Habitat: In swampy or aquatic places
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout the tropics
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 4 December 2011

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Page 97.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 36.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 54. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 49.

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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Flora of Botswana: Ipomoea aquatica
Flora of Caprivi: Ipomoea aquatica
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ipomoea aquatica
Flora of Malawi: Ipomoea aquatica
Flora of Mozambique: Ipomoea aquatica
Flora of Zambia: Ipomoea aquatica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ipomoea aquatica
African Plant Database: Ipomoea aquatica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ipomoea aquatica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ipomoea aquatica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ipomoea aquatica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Ipomoea aquatica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ipomoea aquatica
JSTOR Plant Science: Ipomoea aquatica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ipomoea aquatica
Plants of the World Online: Ipomoea aquatica
Tropicos: Ipomoea aquatica
Wikipedia: Ipomoea aquatica

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: Species information: Ipomoea aquatica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147520, retrieved 20 May 2024

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