Ipomoea fanshawei Verdc.

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Status: Native
Perennial glabrous herb from a woody tuberous rootstock. Stems prostrate, slender, glutinous. Leaf-lamina rhomboid-lanceolate, 3–9 × 0·5–4 cm., acuminate or acute at the apex cuneate at the base, margin entire, sinuate or lobed, lobes linear or triangular, 3–20 × 1–2 mm., glabrous, thin, leathery, punctate, 6–8 palmatinervous, nerves prominent at the lower face; petiole 0·8–5·5 cm. long, canaliculate. Flowers axillary solitary; peduncle 3·7–5·5 cm. long; pedicels 0·5–1·2 cm. long slightly enlarged; bracts lanceolate, 5 mm. long. Sepals lanceolate, 1·5–1·8 cm. long, accrescent in fruit, acuminate, mucronulate, membranaceous, glabrous, glutinous. Corolla funnel-shaped, pale purple or pale mauve, 6 cm. long, glabrous. Capsule globose, coriaceous. Seeds ovoid, covered with shiny long fawn hairs.
From FZ, Vol 8, Part 1, page 9, (1987) Author: Maria Leonor Gonçalves
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Habitat: Woodland, dambo margins and open sandveld.
Altitude range: 1097 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Only Zambia and Botswana
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 102 - 103. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (1967). New Convolvulaceae from the Flora Zambesiaca area-II Kirkia 6(1) Page 119. Protologue (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 fanshawei.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=224090, retrieved 28 November 2023

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