Ipomoea asarifolia (Desr.) Roem. & Schult.

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Ipomoea asarifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Foni Bintang Karenal, The Gambia

Ipomoea asarifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Foni Bintang Karenal, The Gambia

Ipomoea asarifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Foni Bintang Karenal, The Gambia

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Synonyms: Convolvulus asarifolius Desr.
Ipomoea repens Lam.
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Status: Native
Prostrate or rarely twining perennial with thick, often angular stems. Leaves subcircular to kidney-shaped, 3.5-7cm long and up to 8.5 cm wide, leathery, hairless, rounded at the apex, cordate at the base; margin entire; petiole 3-8.5 cm long, thick and deeply grooved along the length. Inflorescences axillary, 1-few-flowered, often together with an axillary shoot; peduncle 2-5 cm long; bracts very small, ovate; pedicels 1-3.5 cm long. Sepals elliptic-oblong; inner ones 8-11 mm long; outer ones 5-8 mm long. Corolla funnel-shaped, reddish purple-pink, c. 6.5 cm long, hairless. Capsule globose, hairless.
Notes: This species is very similar to Ipomoea pes-caprae but clearly differing in the leafbase being cordate and the apex not bilobed.
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Habitat: In grassland, open bushland and by termite mounds.
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Worldwide distribution: West Africa to Sudan and in South-central Africa in Angola, Zambia and Mozambique; also in tropical South America, India and Southeast Asia.
Mozambique distribution: T
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Content last updated: Tuesday 31 January 2023

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Page 98.

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

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ipomoea asarifolia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=110990, retrieved 20 June 2024

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