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Useful Tropical Plants

Ipomoea carnea

Jacq.

Convolvulaceae

+ Synonyms

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

Common Name:

Ipomoea carnea
Flowering stem
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General Information

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[
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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[
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Known Hazards

The leaves are slightly purgative and considered to be toxic to livestock[
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Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to northern Mexico

Habitat

Along rivers and canals, sometimes on beaches; at elevations from sea-level up to 1,000 metres[
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



The plant is grown as an ornamental. It has escaped from cultivation and become naturalized in many areas, often being classified as invasive[
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Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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The plant flowers throughout the year, except during cool periods[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable even though they are slightly purgative[
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Medicinal

The leaves are slightly purgative[
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A latex in the plant is used to treat skin problems[
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Title
Ethnobotanical Uses of Biofencing Plants in Himachel Pradesh, Northwest Himalaya
Publication
Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 16 (24): 1957-1963, 2013
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Pankaj Sharma & Usha Devi
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Year
2013
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1028-8880
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A brief look at 61 species of plants used in hedging in northwest Himalayas nd their other uses
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Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is grown as a hedge and green manure[
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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[
1174
Title
Ethnobotanical Uses of Biofencing Plants in Himachel Pradesh, Northwest Himalaya
Publication
Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 16 (24): 1957-1963, 2013
Author
Pankaj Sharma & Usha Devi
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
1028-8880
Description
A brief look at 61 species of plants used in hedging in northwest Himalayas nd their other uses
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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