Ipomoea mauritiana Jacq.

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Ipomoea mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track from rangerpost to old Urema river crossing, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Ipomoea mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track from rangerpost to old Urema river crossing, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Ipomoea mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track from rangerpost to old Urema river crossing, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

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Synonyms: Ipomoea digitata sensu Baker & Rendle
Common names: Giant potato (English) Large forest ipomoea (English) Natal cotton plant (English)
Status: Native
Robust perennial climber, growing from large tuberous roots. Stems twining rarely prostrate, becoming woody. Leaves almost circular in outline, usually palmately 3-9-lobed, sometimes entire, up to 20 × 15 cm; lobes lanceolate to ovate, acuminate; petiole 3-11 cm long. Inflorescences axillary, few to many-flowered; peduncle up to 18 cm long. Calyx markedly convex, 6-11 mm long, clasping the corolla tube. Corolla funnel-shaped but more or less distinctly 5-lobed, 6-9 cm in diameter, reddish-purple or pinkish-mauve with a darker centre. Capsule ovoid-spherical, hairless, Seeds covered in silky hairs c. 7 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: mauritiana: from Mauritius
Habitat: In open riverine woodland and tree savanna, on the banks of rivers and swamps and by roodsides, often in sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: More or less pantropical; also in South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Images last updated: Monday 13 December 2010

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 131. (Includes a picture).

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Page 117.

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).

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Flora of Caprivi: Ipomoea mauritiana
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ipomoea mauritiana
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ipomoea mauritiana
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ipomoea mauritiana
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ipomoea mauritiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ipomoea mauritiana
Plants of the World Online: Ipomoea mauritiana
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Wikipedia: Ipomoea mauritiana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ipomoea mauritiana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147840, retrieved 26 November 2022

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