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Useful Tropical Plants

Ipomoea obscura

(L.) Ker Gawl.

Convolvulaceae

+ Synonyms

Calonyction acanthocarpum Choisy

Convolvulus obscurus L.

Ipomoea acanthocarpa (Choisy) Asch. & Schweinf.

Ipomoea acutiflora A.Rich.

Ipomoea demissa Hallier f.

Ipomoea dubia Cout.

Ipomoea fragilis Choisy

Ipomoea inconspicua Baker

Ipomoea longipes Engl.

Ipomoea luteola R.Br.

Ipomoea saltiana Rendle

Ipomoea sudanica A.Chev.

Ipomoea tenuis E.Mey.

Merremia geophiloides A.Chev.

Common Name:

Ipomoea obscura
Flowers
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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General Information

Ipomoea obscura is an annual or perennial herb with slender, twining or prostrate stems up to 3 metres long and 2cm in diameter[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It also has ornamental value as a climber with attractive flowers[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

Widespread in tropical and south Africa, through tropical Asia to northern Australia and Fiji.

Habitat

Grassland, thickets, hedges, open forest, waste ground, roadsides and as a weed in cultivated fields, occasionally along sandy beaches, at elevations from sea-level up to 1,800 metres[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in full sun[
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Title
Flowers of India
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http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
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Title
Flowers of India
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Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
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The plant is often grown as an ornamental, and is also used as a food and traditional medicine. It has been spread by human activity and escapes from cultivation. It has been declared to be an invasive weed in many areas, particularly Hawaii and the Caledonian Islands[
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Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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0
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Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable or added to soups[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The leaves are mucilaginous, with a pleasant smell[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Medicinal

The leaf sap is used to treat fits of insanity[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
A paste of the leaves, combined with the leaves of Argyreia mollis and alcohol, is applied to open sores and pustules[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
]. The dried and powdered leaves are used to treat aphthae[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

A root decoction is drunk against dysentery[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings
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