Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Solanales

Convolvulaceae - Morning-glory family


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

Description of the family

Herbs or shrubs, sometimes with latex, usually twining or prostrate, less often erect, sometimes parasitic with leaves reduced to scales (Cuscuta). Stipules 0, but stipule-like structures sometimes present. Leaves alternate. Flowers often large and showy, usually bracteate, 5-merous, actinomorphic, bisexual. Sepals 5. Corolla fused, entire or slightly 4-5-lobed, usually campanulate or funnel-shaped, less often cylindric. Styles 1-2, mostly terminal; stigmas 1-4. Ovary superior, entire or 2-4-lobed. Fruit usually a dry loculicidal capsule, sometimes indehiscent and baccate or nut-like. Seeds 1-4 (rarely 6 or 10).

Worldwide: 56 genera and 1600 species, cosmopolitan but occurring especially in warm areas.

Zambia: 1 cultivated genus and 2 cultivated taxa.

Ipomoea parasitica

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Ipomoea L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Convolvulaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Convolvulaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: Family page: Convolvulaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=62, retrieved 22 March 2018

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