Ipomoea dichroa Hochst. ex Choisy

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Ipomoea dichroa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the viewing platform, Masuma Dam, Hwange NP

Ipomoea dichroa

Photo: James Varden
Corncob Farm, Umguza Irrigation Scheme, Bulawayo

Ipomoea dichroa

Photo: James Varden
Corncob Farm, Umguza Irrigation Scheme, Bulawayo

Ipomoea dichroa

Photo: James Varden
Corncob Farm, Umguza Irrigation Scheme, Bulawayo

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Synonyms: Ipomoea arachnosperma Welw.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual herb, twining or occasionally prostrate. Stems up to 2.5m long, densely covered with white to yellowish bristly hairs. Leaves broadly ovate-cordate in outline, up to 18.5 × 17.5 cm, deeply 3-lobed, rarely entire, bristly hairy above, densely white-woolly below; petiole 4-10 cm long. Inflorescences axillary, several-flowered on a peduncle up to 7 cm long. Calyx densely bristly hairy, Corolla relatively small (c. 2 cm), funnel-shaped, pink or mauve with a darker centre. Capsule ovoid, softly hairy above.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In dry, deciduous woodland, grassland and cultivated areas, usually on alluvial and sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1830 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Namibia, and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Also in India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 8 July 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 84 - 85.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 157. (Includes a picture).

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 50.

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Flora of Botswana: Ipomoea dichroa
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ipomoea dichroa
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ipomoea dichroa
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Wikipedia: Ipomoea dichroa

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 dichroa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147660, retrieved 30 May 2024

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