Ipomoea papilio Hallier f.

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Ipomoea papilio

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Monavale Vlei

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with slender, trailing or climbing stems up to 3 m long, finely velvety when young, hairless, pubescent or scabridulous later. Leaves broadly kidney-shaped to cordate-ovate, 2–7 cm long, usually abruptly acuminate, hairless or nearly so on both surfaces; margin entire or irregularly lobed or toothed in the lower half, minutely and obscurely ciliate; petiole 0·8–5 cm. Inflorescences 1–5-flowered on slender peduncles 1·5–9 cm long; bracts ovate, minute, usually scabrid; pedicels somewhat thickening upwards, 5–12 mm long, minutely hispidulous, scabrid or pubescent. Sepals unequal, thinly leathery, hairless or minutely pubescent; outer oblong, elliptic or ovate to somewhat spathulate, 5–6 mm long; inner considerably longer, sometimes faintly emarginate, minutely mucronate, 7–9 mm long. Corolla funnel-shaped with horizontally spreading limb, light magenta or purplish, 2–3·5 cm long, hairless. Capsule globose or ovoid-conical, hairless.
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Habitat: In woodland, open bushland, grassland and along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 915 - 1510 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini and Mpumalanga South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 48.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 93 - 94.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 43.

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 papilio
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ipomoea papilio
African Plant Database: Ipomoea papilio
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Wikipedia: Ipomoea papilio

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 papilio.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147910, retrieved 4 March 2024

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