Convolvulus hispidus Vahl
Ipomoea carsonii Baker
Ipomoea hispida (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.
Ipomoea leptocaulos Hallier f.
Ipomoea ligulata Bojer
Ipomoea morsonii Baker
Ipomoea rogeri Choisy
Ipomoea sessiliflora Roth
Jacquemontia thomensis Henriq.
Ipomoea eriocarpa is a slender, annual, climbing plant with stems 1 - 2 metres long, scrambling over the ground or twining around other plants for support[
The plant is commonly eaten as a vegetable in some areas of the tropics such as India and west Africa. Often harvested from the wild, it is also sometimes cultivated[
]. The roots are sold in local markets in Uganda[
Widespread through tropical Africa, tropical Asia to northern Australia.
Grassland, savannah woodland, cultivated ground, waste spaces; often on clay soils, along roads and pathways and a creeper in the adjacent bush; at elevations from sea level to 1,400 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
In Uganda the plant grows wild in areas with a mean annual rainfall of 1,000 - 1,500mm[
Established plants are drought resistant[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable, added to soups etc[
]. The leaves are withered in the sun then cooked alone or as a mixture with other vegetable such as Amaranthus, Bidens or Galinsoga, and then served with a staple food such as rice[
Seed - cooked[
]. Nutritious, containing 22% protein, 10% fat/oil, 44% carbohydrate[
]. The seed is also reported to contain an irritant purgative resin[
A root decoction is used in Uganda to speed up fermentation in the preparation of a local drink called 'kwete'[
An oil extract of the plant is used in India for external application in the treatment of headache, rheumatism, leprosy, epilepsy, ulcers and fevers[
A root decoction is drunk by women to relieve menstrual pain[
The plant is an effective soil-binder and smotherer of weeds[
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