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

Mozambique: 62 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
Ipomoea hederifolia

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
alba L.MS,MDescription, Image
albivenia (Lindl.) SweetZ,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
aquatica Forssk.Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
asarifolia (Desr.) Roem. & Schult.TDescription, Image
barteri Baker var. barteri N,TDescription, Image
batatas (L.) Lam.MS,MDescription, Image
blepharophylla Hallier f.TDescription, Image
bolusiana SchinzZ,T,GI,MDescription, Image
cairica (L.) Sweet var. cairica Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
carnea Jacq. subsp. carnea GIImage
consimilis Schulze-MenzMS
coptica (L.) Roth ex Roem. & Schult. var. coptica N,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
coscinosperma Hochst. ex ChoisyGI,MDescription, Image
crassipes Hook. var. crassipes N,Z,T,GI,MDescription, Image
dichroa Hochst. ex ChoisyT,MS,GIDescription, Image
ephemera Verdc.[End]N,Z
eriocarpa R. Br.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
ficifolia Lindl.GI,M
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. fulvicaulis NDescription, Image
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. asperifolia (Hallier f.) Verdc.MSDescription, Image
fulvicaulis (Hochst. ex Choisy) Boiss. ex Hallier f. var. heterocalyx (Schulze-Menz) Verdc.MDescription, Image
hederifolia L.N,MSDescription, Image
hochstetteri House
involucrata P. Beauv. var. involucrata N,T,MSDescription, Image
involucrata P. Beauv. var. operosa (C.H. Wright) Hallier f.N,Z
kotschyana Hochst. ex ChoisyMS
lapathifolia Hallier f. var. lapathifolia N,Z,MS,M
leucanthemum (Klotzsch) Hallier f.T,GIDescription, Image
linosepala Hallier f. subsp. alpina (Rendle) Lejoly & LisowskiTDescription, Image
magnusiana SchinzN,GI,MDescription, Image
marginata (Desr.) Verdc.N
mauritiana Jacq.Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
obscura (L.) Ker Gawl. var. obscura N,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
ochracea (Lindl.) Sweet var. ochracea N,MS
ommaneyi RendleN
papilio Hallier f.TDescription, Image
parasitica (Kunth) G. DonNDescription, Image
pes-caprae (L.) R. Br. subsp. brasiliensis (L.) van Ooststr.N,Z,MS,GI,MImage
pes-tigridis L. var. pes-tigridis N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
pileata Roxb.N,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
plebeia R. Br. subsp. africana A. MeeuseT,GI,MDescription, Image
purpurea (L.) RothTDescription, Image
rubens ChoisyZ,TDescription, Image
shirambensis BakerN,ZI,M,T,MS,GDescription, Image
shupangensis BakerN,MS,GIDescription, Image
simonsiana RendleT,MSDescription, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. blepharosepala (Hochst. ex A. Rich.)Verdc.T,GI,MDescription, Image
sinensis (Desr.) Choisy subsp. sinensis N,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
stolonifera (Cyrillo) J.F. Gmel.MS
tenuipes Verdc.T,GI,M
tenuirostris Steud. ex Choisy subsp. tenuirostris Z,T,MSDescription, Image
ticcopa Verdc.MS
tricolor Cav.Description
trinervia Schulze-MenzN,MS
tuberculata Ker Gawl. var. tuberculata TDescription, Image
turbinata Lag.T
venosa (Desr.) Roem. & Schult. subsp. stellaris (Baker) Verdc. var. obtusifolia Verdc.[End]N,GI
verbascoidea ChoisyT,MSDescription, Image
vernalis R.E. Fr.GI
violacea L.N
welwitschii Vatke ex Hallier f.TDescription, Image
wightii (Wall.) Choisy var. wightii N,Z,T,MS,MDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ipomoea:

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Ipomoea
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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ipomoea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ipomoea
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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 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Ipomoea.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1186, retrieved 4 December 2023

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