7003.000 Ipomoea L.

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

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, sometimes shrub-like or woody. Stems usually twining or prostrate, sometimes erect. Pseudostipules sometimes present. Leaves variable. Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-many-flowered cymes, sometimes in pseudoheads or enclosed in an involucre. Peduncles and pedicels usually present. Corolla usually actinomorphic, only slightly lobed. Sepals 5, usually unequal. Stamens 5, usually unequal, inserted near base of corolla tube. Ovary 2-3-4- or rarely 5-locular; style filiform. Stigmas 2, spherical. Capsule spherical to ovoid, dehiscent and 3-10-valved. Seeds usually 4, glabrous, pubescent or long-hairy.

Derivation of name: from Greek: ips meaning worm, homios meaning resembling, referring to the twining habitat

Worldwide: c.650 species in tropical and warm temperate zones

Caprivi: 18 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Agrius convolvuli (Convolvulus hawk)
Cyana pretoriae (Pretoria red-lines)
Scopula minorata
Ipomoea rubens

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesContent
aquatica Forssk.Description, Image
batatas (L.) Lam.Description, Image
chloroneura Hallier f.Description, Image
coptica (L.) Roth ex Roem. & Schult. var. coptica Description, Image
dichroa Hochst. ex ChoisyDescription, Image
leucanthemum (Klotzsch) Hallier f.Description, Image
magnusiana SchinzDescription, Image
mauritiana Jacq.Description, Image
obscura (L.) Ker Gawl. var. obscura Description, Image
pes-tigridis L. var. pes-tigridis Description, Image
pileata Roxb.Description, Image
plebeia R. Br. subsp. africana A. MeeuseDescription, Image
purpurea (L.) RothDescription, Image
rubens ChoisyDescription, Image
shirambensis BakerDescription, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. blepharosepala (Hochst. ex A. Rich.)Verdc.Description, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. sinensis Description, Image
verbascoidea ChoisyDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ipomoea:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ipomoea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ipomoea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ipomoea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ipomoea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ipomoea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Ipomoea.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1186, retrieved 8 July 2020

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