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

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/31/2013)
Species Ipomoea phillomega (Vell.) House
PlaceOfPublication Ann. New York Acad. Sci. 18: 246. 1908.
Synonym Convolvulus phillomega Vell., Fl. Flum. 74. 1825; Icones 2: pl. 63. 1827. TYPE: Argentina (not seen). Ipomoea demerariana Choisy in DC., Prodr. 9: 361. 1845. TYPE: Guyana, Demerara, Parker (K, not seen). Ipomoea cardiosepala Meisn. in Mart., Fl. Bras. 7: 265. 1869. TYPE: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Burchell 1865 (not seen). Ipomoea magnifolia Rusby, Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 6: 84. 1896. TYPE: Bolivia, Bang 1277 (NY, not seen) .
Description Lianas; stems woody below, herbaceous above, glabrate. Leaves rounded- cordate, 8-20 cm broad, about as long as broad, acute or cuspidate-acuminate, cordate basally, glabrate or pilose beneath along the veins. Flowers usually clustered; sepals broadly ovate, 15-18 mm long, obtuse to subacute, often dry- ing purplish, pilose to glabrescent; corollas purple, the throat darker, 5-8 cm long. Fruits capsular, subglobose, glabrous, 1 cm in diameter; seeds comose.
Habit Lianas
Note This species flowers from June to February, probably all year.
Distribution occurs in British Honduras, Guatemala to Guyana, Peru and the Lesser Antilles.
Note Most authors separate I. phillomega from I. demerariana, but I find no grounds for this. After examining living plants in Peru and studying specimens in several herbaria, I am convinced that these names apply to a widespread, somewhat variable species. The large cordate leaves are characteristic. It commonly grows along waterways.
Specimen BOCAS DEL TORO: Isla Colon, Wedel 514 (MO). Water Valley, Wedel 729 (MO). Old Bank Island, Wedel 2116 (MO, US). Isla Colon, Wedel 2805 (MO, US). Big Bight, Wedel 2881 (MO, US). CANAL ZONE: Barro Colorado Island, Aviles 4, 5 (both F); Bailey 632 (F); Bangham 546 (F, US). Road S-10 near junction with road S-1, N of Escobal, Croat 12475 (MO). Near Summit, Dodge & Hunter 8650 (MO); Fairchild 10 (F); Kenoyer 503A (US); Shattuck 1110 (F); Starry 245 (F). Agua Clara, Pittier 3981 (US). Barro Colorado Island, Standley 41018 (US); Wetmore & Woodson 90 (F). COLON: Near Sardinilla, Blum & Tyson 475 (MO). Along Rio Iguanitos, Elias & Kirkbridce 1633 (MO). Road to Pifia, Kirkbride & Hayden 315 (MO). Fato, Pittier 3835 (F, US). Gatun Lake, Seibert 1523 (MO, US). DARIEN: Near mouth Rio Yape, Allen 325 (MO). Near Boca de Cupe, Allen 907 (MO). Cocalito, Dwyer 4461A (MO). Near El Real, Stern et al. 747 (MO, US). Near Rio Sabana and Lara, Tyson et al. 4720 (MO). PANAMA: Isla Pedro Gonzales, Dwyer 1723 (MO). 5 mi. SW of Cerro Brewster, Lewis et al. 3423 (MO). Near Arenoso, Seibert 607 (MO). Near Chorrera, Woodson et al. 1676 (MO). VERAGUAS: Caribbean slope above Rio Primero Brazo, 5 mi. NW of Santa Fe, Liesner 1020 (MO).
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