Ipomoea sinensis (Desr.) Choisy
subsp. sinensis

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Ipomoea sinensis subsp. sinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Ipomoea sinensis subsp. sinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Ipomoea sinensis subsp. sinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Ipomoea sinensis subsp. sinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Ipomoea sinensis subsp. sinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Ipomoea sinensis subsp. sinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Aniseia calycina (Roxb.) Choisy
Convolvulus calycinus Roxb.
Convolvulus hardwickii Spreng.
Convolvulus ser Spreng.
Convolvulus sinensis Desr.
Ipomoea auxocalyx Pilger
Ipomoea calycina (Roxb.) C.B. Clarke
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb with numerous stems growing from a taproot, prostrate or twining, up to 2.5 m long, more or less densely covered with white spreading hairs, particularly when young. Leaves ovate to ovate-oblong, 2-10 cm long, broadly cordate or rarely subhastate at the base, pubescent or hairless; petiole slender, 1-10 cm long. Flowers axillary, 1-3 on a slender peduncle, up to 6.5 cm long, hairy; pedicels up to 1.9 cm long, hairy, erect in flower, reflexed in fruit. Bracts minute, lanceolate. Sepals (in this subspecies) 4-11 mm long, enlarging in fruit up 23 mm long, unequal, outer ones ovate with a broad cordate to subhastate base and a long narrow lanceolate apex; inner ones lanceolate with a somewhat broadened base. Corola in this subspecies normally white, up to 2.2 cm long. Capsule globose with an apiculate apex formed by the persistent style-base, hairless.
Notes: See subsp. blepharosepala for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: sinensis: Chinese; of China
Habitat: In woodland, thicket and grassland on alluvial and sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and through tropical Asia as far as Taiwan.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 27 July 2016
Literature:

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 70 - 72. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 372. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 51.

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 205.


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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ipomoea sinensis
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Tropicos: Ipomoea sinensis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ipomoea sinensis subsp. sinensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148000, retrieved 24 May 2019

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