7003.000 Ipomoea L.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987) Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1)

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, sometimes shrub-like or woody. Stems usually twining or prostrate, sometimes erect. Pseudostipules sometimes present. Leaves variable. Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-many-flowered cymes, sometimes in pseudoheads or enclosed in an involucre. Peduncles and pedicels usually present. Corolla usually actinomorphic, only slightly lobed. Sepals 5, usually unequal. Stamens 5, usually unequal, inserted near base of corolla tube. Ovary 2-3-4- or rarely 5-locular; style filiform. Stigmas 2, spherical. Capsule spherical to ovoid, dehiscent and 3-10-valved. Seeds usually 4, glabrous, pubescent or long-hairy.

Derivation of name: from Greek: ips meaning worm, homios meaning resembling, referring to the twining habitat

Worldwide: c.650 species in tropical and warm temperate zones

Botswana: 36 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Agrius convolvuli (Convolvulus hawk)
Cyana pretoriae (Pretoria red-lines)
Scopula minorata
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adenioides Schinz var. adenioides N,SWDescription, Image
aquatica Forssk.NDescription, Image
atherstonei BakerN,SW
bolusiana SchinzN,SW,SEDescription, Image
cairica (L.) Sweet var. cairica SEDescription, Image
carnea Jacq. subsp. fistulosa (Mart. ex Choisy) D.F. AustinDescription, Image
chloroneura Hallier f.N,SEDescription, Image
coptica (L.) Roth ex Roem. & Schult. var. coptica N,SEDescription, Image
coscinosperma Hochst. ex ChoisyN,SEDescription, Image
crassipes Hook. var. crassipes N,SEDescription, Image
dichroa Hochst. ex ChoisyNDescription, Image
eriocarpa R. Br.NDescription, Image
fanshawei Verdc.N
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. fulvicaulis NDescription, Image
hackeliana (Schinz) Hallier f.SW,SEDescription, Image
hochstetteri HouseN,SW,SE
lapathifolia Hallier f. var. lapathifolia N
leucanthemum (Klotzsch) Hallier f.NDescription, Image
magnusiana SchinzN,SW,SEDescription, Image
nil (L.) Roth
obscura (L.) Ker Gawl. var. obscura N,SW,SEDescription, Image
ochracea (Lindl.) Sweet var. ochracea N
oenotherae (Vatke) Hallier f. var. oenotherae N,SEDescription, Image
ommaneyi RendleN,SE
papilio Hallier f.SEDescription, Image
pes-tigridis L. var. pes-tigridis NDescription, Image
pileata Roxb.Description, Image
plebeia R. Br. subsp. africana A. MeeuseN,SEDescription, Image
rubens ChoisyNDescription, Image
shirambensis BakerN,SEDescription, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. blepharosepala (Hochst. ex A. Rich.)Verdc.N,SW,SEDescription, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. sinensis NDescription, Image
tenuipes Verdc.N,SE
tuberculata Ker Gawl. var. tuberculata N,SEDescription, Image
verbascoidea ChoisyNDescription, Image
welwitschii Vatke ex Hallier f.SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ipomoea:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Ipomoea
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ipomoea
Flora of Malawi: Ipomoea
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Ipomoea
Flora of Mozambique: Ipomoea
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Ipomoea
Flora of Zambia: Ipomoea
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Ipomoea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ipomoea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ipomoea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ipomoea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ipomoea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ipomoea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ipomoea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Ipomoea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ipomoea
JSTOR Plant Science: Ipomoea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ipomoea
Plants of the World Online: Ipomoea
Tropicos: Ipomoea
Wikipedia: Ipomoea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Ipomoea.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1186, retrieved 9 December 2023

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