Ipomoea tricolor Cav.

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Herbaceous perennial climber. Stems twining, up to 3.5 m long. Leaves large, broadly ovate-heart-shaped, narrowly pointed at the apex. Inflorescences, axillary, few to many-flowered. Corolla funnel-shaped, 6-9 cm in diameter, usually blue with a white centre but many cultivars with other colours are known.
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Derivation of specific name: tricolor: 3-coloured
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Mexico, Central America and tropical South America; introduced and naturalised elsewhere in the tropics
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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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 55. (Includes a picture).

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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 tricolor.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148050, retrieved 11 December 2023

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