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: 16 genera and 110 taxa.

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Astripomoea A. MeeuseDescription
Bonamia ThouarsDescription, Image
Convolvulus L.Description
Cuscuta L.Description
Evolvulus L.Description
Falkia L.f.Description
Hewittia Wight & Arn.Description
Ipomoea L.Description
Jacquemontia ChoisyDescription, Image
Lepistemon BlumeDescription, Image
Merremia Dennst. ex Endl.Description
Mina Cerv.Description
Paralepistemon Lejoly & LisowskiDescription
Seddera Hochst.Description
Stictocardia Hallier f.Description
Turbina Raf.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: cultivated Convolvulaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Convolvulaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Convolvulaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Convolvulaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Convolvulaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Convolvulaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Convolvulaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Convolvulaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Convolvulaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Convolvulaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Convolvulaceae
Wikipedia: Convolvulaceae
Plants of the World Online: Convolvulaceae
Tropicos: Convolvulaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Convolvulaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=62, retrieved 18 July 2024

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