Ipomoea pileata Roxb.

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Ipomoea pileata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

Ipomoea pileata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

Ipomoea pileata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

Ipomoea pileata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

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Synonyms: Ipomoea involucrata sensu Hall
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual or perennial twining herb, growing from a thick taproot. Stems up to 3 m long, pubescent. Leaves ovate, up to 12.5 × 10 cm, cordate at the base, pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers funnel-shaped, white to pink, often darker in the very narrow tube, in heads arising from a distinct boat-shaped bract. Capsule ovoid, hairless. See the similar I. involucrata for comparison, which also has boat-shaped bracts subtending the flowers. That species has larger flowers with a wider corolla tube and acute sepals.
Type location:
Cultivated at Calcutta from Chinese seed
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along forest margins, in woodland and grassland, on road sides and a weed of cultivation, often on rocky or sandy soils
Altitude range: 300 - 1530 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, northern South Africa, Mascarene islands and from India to China
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,E,Lk,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 48.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 76 - 78. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 43.

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 72.

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Flora of Botswana: Ipomoea pileata
Flora of Caprivi: Ipomoea pileata
Flora of Malawi: Ipomoea pileata
Flora of Mozambique: Ipomoea pileata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ipomoea pileata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ipomoea pileata
African Plant Database: Ipomoea pileata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ipomoea pileata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ipomoea pileata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ipomoea pileata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ipomoea pileata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ipomoea pileata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ipomoea pileata
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ipomoea pileata
JSTOR Plant Science: Ipomoea pileata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ipomoea pileata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ipomoea pileata
Plants of the World Online: Ipomoea pileata
Tropicos: Ipomoea pileata
Wikipedia: Ipomoea pileata

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 pileata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147930, retrieved 27 January 2023

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