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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/31/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/31/2013)
Species Ipomoea aquatica Forsk.
PlaceOfPublication Fl. Aegypt. Arab. 44. 1775
Note TYPE: Yemen, Zepid, Forskal (not seen).
Synonym Convolvulus reptans auct. non L. (1753).
Description Vines; stems hollow, rooting at the nodes, procumbent on wet ground or floating on water, glabrate. Leaves mostly hastate, the terminal lobe narrowly triangular or lanceolate, the basal lobes smaller and spreading or almost absent, 4-12 cm long, apically acute or obtuse, glabrescent. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered cymnes, the inflorescence glabrous; sepals ovate-oblong, subequal, 7 mm long, obtuse or subacute, mucronulate, glabrous; corolla white or purple, 4-5 cm long, funnelform. Fruits capsular, ovoid to globose, 8-10 mm long; seeds densely soft-pilose or glabrous.
Habit Vines
Note Ipomoea aquatica flowers in January, March and July.
Distribution A native of the Old World tropics, it now occurs in the West Indies, Guatemala, British Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and northern South America.
Note This Old World species is fairly widely distributed in the New World because of its use as a vegetable. It is distinguished from the other species in this group by the flowers with purple throats and lighter lavender or white limbs. There are some races with completely white flowers.
Specimen BOCAS DEL TORO: Changuinola Valley, Dunlap 404 (F, US). CANAL ZONE: Rio Agua Salud near Frijoles, Piper 5836 (US). Near Juan Mina, Bartlett & Lasser 16537 (MO).
 
 
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