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Useful Tropical Plants

Ipomoea alba

L.

Convolvulaceae

+ Synonyms

Bonanox indica Raf.

Bonanox riparia Raf.

Calonyction aculeatum (L.) House.

Calonyction album (L.) House.

Calonyction bona-nox Bojer

Calonyction macrantholeucum Colla

Calonyction megalocarpum A.Rich

Calonyction noctolucum (Herb.) G.Don

Calonyction pulcherrimum D.Parodi

Calonyction rheedei Colla

Calonyction roxburghii G.Don

Calonyction speciosum Choisy

Convolvulus aculeatus Hill

Convolvulus aculeatus L.

Convolvulus aculeatus bona-nox (L.) Kuntze

Convolvulus bona-nox (L.) Spreng.

Convolvulus duartinus Mure

Convolvulus latiflorus Desr.

Convolvulus macrosolen Spreng.

Convolvulus maximus L.f.

Convolvulus muricatus Blanco

Convolvulus mutabilis Blanco

Convolvulus pulcherrimus Vell.

Euryloma grandiflora Raf.

Euryloma latiflora (Desr.) Raf.

Ipomoea aculeata (L.) Kuntze

Ipomoea aculeata bona-nox (L.) Kuntze

Ipomoea ambigua Endl.

Ipomoea bona-nox L.

Ipomoea bona-nox grandiflora C.B.Clarke

Ipomoea carinata Endl.

Ipomoea krusensternii Ledeb.

Ipomoea latiflora (Desr.) Roem. & Schult.

Ipomoea longiflora Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.

Ipomoea maxima (L.f.) G.Don

Ipomoea noctiflora Griff.

Ipomoea noctiluca Herb.

Ipomoea roxburghii Steud.

Ipomoea tubulosa Willd.

Melascus latifolius Raf.

Quamoclit longiflora (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) G.Don

Tremasperma bona-nox Raf.

Common Name: Moonflower

Ipomoea alba
Flowering plants, climbing up the trellis around a house
Photograph by: Bev Wagar
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General Information

A short-lived perennial or biennial species[
187
Title
Perennials. Volumes 1 and 2.
Publication
 
Author
Phillips. R. & Rix. M.
Publisher
Pan Books
Year
1991
ISBN
0-330-30936-9
Description
Photographs of over 3,000 species and cultivars of ornamental plants together with brief cultivation notes, details of habitat etc.
]. A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around the branches of other plants[
219
Title
Gardening on Walls
Publication
 
Author
Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V.
Publisher
Collins
Year
1983
ISBN
0-00-219220-0
Description
A nice little book about plants for growing against walls and a small section on plants that can grow in walls.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is often grown as an ornamental, where it quickly can provide a temporary screen or barrier.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

Pantropical.

Habitat

Wet forests, watercourses and disturbed areas in China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitEvergreen Perennial Climber
Height10.00 m
Growth RateFast
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Requires a fertile well-drained loam in a warm sunny position[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
A fast-growing climbing plant, it is best grown as a temporary screen in the garden or along the boundary edge[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Plants need a long period of growth to reach flowering size[
260
Title
Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2
Publication
 
Author
Phillips. R. & Rix. M.
Publisher
Pan Books, London.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-330-37376-5
Description
Excellent photos of over 1,100 species and cultivars with habits and cultivation details plus a few plant uses. Many species are too tender for outdoors in Britain though there are many that can be grown outside.
].
The plant forms tubercles (baby tubers) on the stems and can be propagated by them[
260
Title
Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2
Publication
 
Author
Phillips. R. & Rix. M.
Publisher
Pan Books, London.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-330-37376-5
Description
Excellent photos of over 1,100 species and cultivars with habits and cultivation details plus a few plant uses. Many species are too tender for outdoors in Britain though there are many that can be grown outside.
].
The aromatic flowers open of a night time[
188
Title
The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers
Publication
 
Author
Brickell. C.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd.
Year
1990
ISBN
0-86318-386-7
Description
Excellent range of photographs, some cultivation details but very little information on plant uses.
].

Edible Uses

Young leaves and fleshy calyces - cooked. Steamed and eaten as a vegetable or used in curries, soups, stews etc[
183
Title
Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications
Year
1990
ISBN
0-9628087-0-9
Description
Excellent. Contains a very wide range of conventional and unconventional food plants (including tropical) and where they can be obtained (mainly N. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world.
]. They can also be dried for later use[
183
Title
Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications
Year
1990
ISBN
0-9628087-0-9
Description
Excellent. Contains a very wide range of conventional and unconventional food plants (including tropical) and where they can be obtained (mainly N. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world.
].

Seed - eaten when young[
183
Title
Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications
Year
1990
ISBN
0-9628087-0-9
Description
Excellent. Contains a very wide range of conventional and unconventional food plants (including tropical) and where they can be obtained (mainly N. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world.
].

Medicinal

The whole herb is used in treating snakebite[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Other Uses

The milky juice (sap?) is used to coagulate the latex of Castilla elastica[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water, or scarify the seed, and sow in individual pots in a greenhouse in early spring. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 weeks at 22°c. Plants are extremely resentful of root disturbance, even when they are quite small, and should be potted up almost as soon as they germinate[
219
Title
Gardening on Walls
Publication
 
Author
Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V.
Publisher
Collins
Year
1983
ISBN
0-00-219220-0
Description
A nice little book about plants for growing against walls and a small section on plants that can grow in walls.
]. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter then plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of side shoots in a peaty soil.
Layering.
Plants form tubercles on their stems[
260
Title
Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2
Publication
 
Author
Phillips. R. & Rix. M.
Publisher
Pan Books, London.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-330-37376-5
Description
Excellent photos of over 1,100 species and cultivars with habits and cultivation details plus a few plant uses. Many species are too tender for outdoors in Britain though there are many that can be grown outside.
]. These can be stored overwinter in a slightly moist medium such as sand or leafmould, keeping them in a cool but frost-free place. Pot them up in early spring.
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