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

Zambia: 77 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
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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
albivenia (Lindl.) SweetImage
aquatica Forssk.B,W,C,SCb,Mc,Lk,WDescription, Image
asarifolia (Desr.) Roem. & Schult.BWDescription, Image
bakeri Britten[End]NNDescription
barteri Baker var. barteri W,C,E,SNw,E,C,SDescription, Image
barteri Baker var. cordifolia Hallier f.WNw
batatas (L.) Lam.LkDescription, Image
blepharophylla Hallier f.B,N,W,C,SN,E,Lk,SDescription, Image
bolusiana SchinzB,N,W,E,SNw,Lp,E,S,WDescription, Image
cairica (L.) Sweet var. cairica N,W,C,SCb,N,Lk,SDescription, Image
carnea Jacq. subsp. fistulosa (Mart. ex Choisy) D.F. AustinDescription, Image
chloroneura Hallier f.B,W,SNw,S,WDescription, Image
coptica (L.) Roth ex Roem. & Schult. var. coptica B,N,C,SN,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
coscinosperma Hochst. ex ChoisyC,SN,SDescription, Image
crassipes Hook. var. crassipes N,W,C,SNw,N,Mc,C,SDescription, Image
crepidiformis Hallier f. var. crepidiformis N,W,C,SCb,N,C,S
crepidiformis Hallier f. var. minor RendleNNDescription, Image
crepidiformis Hallier f. var. microcephala (Hallier f.) Verdc.N,WCb,N
dichroa Hochst. ex ChoisyB,W,C,SCb,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
eriocarpa R. Br.N,W,C,SNw,N,Lk,SDescription, Image
fanshawei Verdc.[NrEnd][LR-lc]SSDescription
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. fulvicaulis N,WNw,NDescription, Image
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. asperifolia (Hallier f.) Verdc.W,SNw,SDescription, Image
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. heterocalyx (Schulze-Menz) Verdc.N,W,E,SNw,N,E,CDescription, Image
hederifolia L.WCbDescription, Image
heterotricha Didr.NN
hochstetteri HouseC,SLk,S
humidicola Verdc.CC
indica (Burm.) Merr. var. acuminata (Vahl) FosbergCLkDescription, Image
involucrata P. Beauv. var. involucrata N,W,C,SNw,N,Lk,SDescription, Image
involucrata P. Beauv. var. operosa (C.H. Wright) Hallier f.NN
involucrata P. Beauv. var. burtii Verdc.B,N,W,SNw,N,S,W
kassneri RendleN,W
kituiensis Vatke var. kituiensis N,W,SCb,N,S
lapathifolia Hallier f. var. lapathifolia N,C,E,SN,E,Lk,S
leucanthemum (Klotzsch) Hallier f.B,C,SLk,S,WDescription, Image
linosepala Hallier f. subsp. alpina (Rendle) Lejoly & LisowskiN,W,CDescription, Image
linosepala Hallier f. subsp. linosepala N,WNw,Lp
mauritiana Jacq.N,W,E,SCb,Lp,Mc,SDescription, Image
milnei Verdc.[DD]NN
nil (L.) RothW,SCb,S
obscura (L.) Ker Gawl. var. obscura B,N,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
obscura (L.) Ker Gawl. var. sagittifolia Verdc.
ochracea (Lindl.) Sweet var. ochracea B,N,C,SN,Lk,S,W
oenotherae (Vatke) Hallier f. var. oenotherae W,SCb,SDescription, Image
ommaneyi RendleEE
papilio Hallier f.C,SLk,SImage
parasitica (Kunth) G. DonSSDescription, Image
pes-caprae (L.) R. Br. subsp. brasiliensis (L.) van Ooststr.N,CN,CImage
pes-tigridis L. var. pes-tigridis B,N,W,E,SCb,N,E,S,WDescription, Image
pes-tigridis L. var. strigosa (Hallier f.) RendleW,CCb,C
pharbitiformis BakerN,WNw
pileata Roxb.B,N,W,C,E,SN,E,Lk,WDescription, Image
plebeia R. Br. subsp. africana A. MeeuseB,W,C,E,SCb,E,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
polymorpha Roem. & Schult.NN
prismatosyphon Welw. var. prismatosyphon NN,McImage
protea Britten & Rendle[DD]NN
purpurea (L.) RothB,N,W,CCb,N,Lk,WDescription, Image
recta De Wild.N,W,ENw,Lp,E
richardsiae Verdc.[End][VU]WNwDescription
rubens ChoisyB,N,SLp,S,WDescription, Image
shirambensis BakerW,C,E,SCbDescription, Image
shupangensis BakerWCb,E,C,SDescription, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. blepharosepala (Hochst. ex A. Rich.)Verdc.BWDescription, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. sinensis E,SE,SDescription, Image
tenuipes Verdc.C,SMc,S
tenuirostris Steud. ex Choisy subsp. tenuirostris NCb,LpDescription, Image
tricolor Cav.Description
tuberculata Ker Gawl. var. tuberculata SSDescription, Image
tuberculata Ker Gawl. var. odontosepala (Baker) Verdc.BW
turbinata Lag.N,SN,C
venosa (Desr.) Roem. & Schult. subsp. stellaris (Baker) Verdc. var. stellaris SS
venosa (Desr.) Roem. & Schult. subsp. venosa W
verbascoidea ChoisyN,C,SNw,N,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
vernalis R.E. Fr.B,N,W,C,SNw,Cb,Lp,C,Lk
welwitschii Vatke ex Hallier f.B,N,W,E,SNw,N,E,C,S,WDescription, Image
wightii (Wall.) Choisy var. wightii EEDescription, Image

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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: Genus page: Ipomoea.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1186, retrieved 5 March 2024

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