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Useful Tropical Plants

Ipomoea indica

(Burm.) Merr.

Convolvulaceae

+ Synonyms

Convolvulus acuminatus Vahl

Convolvulus africanus Nicolson bis

Convolvulus amoenus (Blume) D.Dietr.

Convolvulus bogotensis Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.

Convolvulus congestus (R.Br.) Spreng.

Convolvulus cynanchifolius Roem. & Schult.

Convolvulus indicus Burm.

Convolvulus mollis Kunth

Convolvulus mutabilis (Lindl.) Spreng.

Convolvulus portoricensis Spreng.

Convolvulus pudibundus Lindl.

Convolvulus roseus Mill.

Convolvulus ruizii Spreng.

Ipomoea acuminata (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.

Ipomoea amoena Blume

Ipomoea bogotensis (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Sweet

Ipomoea cataractae Endl.

Ipomoea cathartica Poir.

Ipomoea congesta R.Br.

Ipomoea fastigiata Chapm.

Ipomoea halierca I.M.Johnst.

Ipomoea insularis (Choisy) Steud.

Ipomoea involucrata F.Dietr. ex Choisy

Ipomoea jamaicensis triloba Arechav.

Ipomoea kiuninsularis Masam.

Ipomoea learii Paxton

Ipomoea medians (Choisy) Cordem.

Ipomoea mollis (Kunth) G.Don

Ipomoea mutabilis Lindl.

Ipomoea officinalis Poit. ex Choisy

Ipomoea portoricensis (Spreng.) G.Don

Ipomoea pudibunda (Lindl.) Sweet

Ipomoea punctata Macfad.

Ipomoea vahliana House

Ipomoea villosa Ruiz & Pav.

Ipomoea villosa genuina Hallier f.

Modesta mutabilis (Lindl.) Raf.

Parasitipomoea formosana Hayata

Pharbitis acuminata (Vahl) Choisy

Pharbitis bogotensis (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Choisy

Pharbitis calycosa A.Rich.

Pharbitis cathartica (Poir.) Choisy

Pharbitis cathartica alba Moldenke

Pharbitis congesta (R.Br.) H.Hara

Pharbitis heterosepala Benth.

Pharbitis indica (Burm.) Hagiw.

Pharbitis insularis Choisy

Pharbitis learii (Paxton) Lindl.

Pharbitis medians Choisy

Pharbitis mollis (Kunth) Choisy

Pharbitis mutabilis (Lindl.) Bojer

Pharbitis rosea (Mill.) Britten

Pharbitis rosea Choisy

Pharbitis villosa (Ruiz & Pav.) G.Don

Common Name:

Ipomoea indica
Growing luxuriantly, and smothering the native vegetation, along a roadside in New Zealand.
Photograph by: Alan Liefting
Public domain
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General Information

Ipomoea indica is a perennial climbing plant with slender stems that scramble over the ground and twine into the surrounding vegetation. Stems will often root at the nodes when growing on the ground[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of soap. It is widely cultivated for ornamental purposes, being particularly valued for its abundant flowering display[
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Known Hazards

The plant is toxic to humans, causing discomfort and irritation but is not life-threatening[
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The seeds are poisonous if ingested, causing visual distortion, restlessness and nausea[
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Botanical References


Range

Subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas from Argentina and Chile north through the Caribbean abd C. America to Mexico, Texas and Florida

Habitat

Waste places, thickets, forest borders, occasionally on sandy sea-shores; at elevations up to 1,650 metres[
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height10.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in a wide variety of soils and situations, preferring moist sites especially where the soil is rich in nutrients[
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Often grown as an ornamental, the plant has escaped from cultivation and become naturalized in many areas. It is a noxious weed in parts of Australia, for example, where it carpets the ground and smothers shrubs and small trees[
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A mature plant can produce hundreds of fragile flowers each day and can leave a messy carpet below. The flowers are dark blue in the morning, turning to purple/magenta by noon and pink by the evening before curling up into a fuchsia-like shape and then falling to the ground in the next day or two[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The sap from the crushed leaves is drunk to relieve dysentery[
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The sap from the crushed leaves is applied to on sores, these are then wrapped with the leaf[
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Other Uses

The leaves are used as soap to wash clothes[
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Propagation

Seed -
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