Ipomoea murucoides is a deciduous tree with a low, spreading crown, commonly growing about 5 - 9 metres tall[
]. The trees are conspicuous because of their white boles and branches, which look as if they had been used as roosting places by birds[
]. The abundant large white flowers are very handsome, and the trees are strangely unlike most members of the morning-glory family[
]. The flowers apparently remain open all day long and, once open, probably do not close until they wither[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use in making soap, it is also often grown as a hedge[
Central America - Guatemala to Mexico.
Brushy, open, dry, often rocky slopes or plains or in open dry forest, frequently in hedges, or in oak forest at elevations of 600 - 2,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Often planted for living fence posts or for hedges[
The ashes of the plant are used as a soap for washing clothes[
]. It is said that the ashes of this tree make the best lye for soap-making[
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