Merremia aegyptia (L.) Urb.

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Synonyms: Batatas pentaphylla Choisy
Convolvulus munitus Wall.
Convolvulus vitifolius Burm. f.
Ipomoea aegyptia L.
Ipomoea pilosa Cav.
Ipomoea sinaloensis Brandegee
Merremia pentaphylla Hallier f.
Operculina aegyptia (L.) House
Operculina pentaphylla House
Spiranthera pentaphylla Bojer
Common names:
Status: Native
Twining herb. Stems slender, up to 6 m. high, covered with long yellow-brown hairs. Leaves palmately 5-foliolate; leaflets sessile, elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 2·5–9 cm long, appressed-hairy on both surfaces; margin entire; petiole slender, 2·5–11·5 cm long, as long as or longer than the lamina, hairy. Inflorescences few-several-flowered on a hairy peduncle up to 22 cm long; pedicels 10–25 mm. long, hairy. Sepals unequal, the 3 outer ovate-lanceolate, 14–25 mm long, densely hairy; the 2 inner slightly shorter, ovate, hairless. Corolla funnel-shaped, white, up to 3·5 cm long, hairless. Capsule globose, pale brown, hairless, 4-valved. Seeds hairless.
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Derivation of specific name: aegyptia: of Egypt
Habitat: Open woodland, open thicket, grassland, near rivers and on riverbanks.
Altitude range: Up to 610 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout the tropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 38 - 39. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 37.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Merremia aegyptia., retrieved 6 December 2023

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