Batatas crassicaulis Benth.
Batatas pareirifolia (Bertero ex Spreng.) Choisy
Convolvulus batatilla Kunth
Convolvulus carneus (Jacq.) Spreng.
Convolvulus fistulosus (Mart. ex Choisy) Kuntze
Convolvulus pareirifolius Bertero ex Spreng.
Ipomoea batatilla (Kunth) G.Don
Ipomoea crassicaulis (Benth.) B.L.Rob.
Ipomoea fistulosa Mart. ex Choisy
Ipomoea fruticosa Kuntze
Ipomoea gossypioides D.Parodi
Ipomoea nicaraguensis (Donn.Sm.) House
Ipomoea pareirifolia (Bertero ex Spreng.) G.Don
Ipomoea texana J.M.Coult.
Ipomoea tragulifera Miers
Saccia elegans Naudin
Ipomoea carnea is a shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall, with an erect or ascending habit when growing in open positions; in shady positions it is more likely to adopt a climbing habit with twining stems up to 5 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental, where it can be used as a livestock-excluding hedge[
The leaves are slightly purgative and considered to be toxic to livestock[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to northern Mexico
Along rivers and canals, sometimes on beaches; at elevations from sea-level up to 1,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The plant is grown as an ornamental. It has escaped from cultivation and become naturalized in many areas, often being classified as invasive[
The plant flowers throughout the year, except during cool periods[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable even though they are slightly purgative[
The leaves are slightly purgative[
A latex in the plant is used to treat skin problems[
The plant is grown as a hedge and green manure[
The plant is traditionally grown in living fences in the northwestern Himalayas, where it helps to exclude livestock and other animals; mark out land boundaries; whilst also providing a range of medicinal and other uses[
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