Ipomoea crassipes Hook.
var. crassipes

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Ipomoea crassipes var. crassipes

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Ipomoea crassipes var. crassipes

Picture: Mark Hyde

Ipomoea crassipes var. crassipes

Picture: Mark Hyde

Ipomoea crassipes var. crassipes

Picture: Mark Hyde

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Synonyms: Aniseia calystegioides Choisy
Ipomoea adumbrata Rendle & Britten
Ipomoea bellecomans Rendle
Ipomoea calystegioides E. Mey. ex Drege
Ipomoea calystegioides Choisy
Ipomoea crassipes Hook. var. shirensis Baker
Ipomoea greenstockii Rendle
Ipomoea oblongata Dammer
Ipomoea sarmentacea Rendle
Ipomoea ukambensis Vatke
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with several creeping or erect stems, up to 1.2 m long, growing from a woody rootstock. Most parts densely, softly hairy or almost hairless. Leaves very variable in shape and size, usually ovate, elliptic truncate, rounded, subcordate or slightly hastate at the base, covered in long fulvous hairs on both Surfaces or sometimes hairless; petiole 0.5-2.5 cm long. Flowers axillary, solitary or in small heads on a peduncle 2-7 cm long. Bracts linear to ovate, leaf-like, 0.3-2 cm long, hairy. Sepals unequal, ovate, drawn out to a narrow pointed apex, rounded or subcordate at the base, outer 1-2.5 cm long, inner shorter and narrower. Corolla funnel-shaped, white, red or white with a darker purple centre, 3-3.5 cm long, mid-petaline areas distinctly edged by raised veins, shortly hairy towards the apex. Capsule globose, hairless.
Type location:
South Africa
Notes: A very variable species.
Derivation of specific name: crassipes: thick-footed or thick-stalked
Habitat: In woodland, savanna, grassland and on sandy soils.
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 27 July 2016

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34. As Ipomoea oblongata

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22. As Ipomoea crassipes

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22. As Ipomoea oblongata

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 69 - 70.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 264. (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 36.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 50. as Ipomoea crassipes

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Flora of Botswana: Ipomoea crassipes var. crassipes
Flora of Malawi: Ipomoea crassipes var. crassipes
Flora of Mozambique: Ipomoea crassipes var. crassipes
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ipomoea crassipes var. crassipes

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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: Ipomoea crassipes var. crassipes.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147630, retrieved 4 February 2023

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