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Useful Tropical Plants

Ipomoea triloba

L.

Convolvulaceae

+ Synonyms

Batatas triloba (L.) Choisy

Convolvulus heterophyllus Sessé & Moc.

Convolvulus trilobus (L.) Desr.

Ipomoea blancoi Choisy

Ipomoea confertiflora Standl.

Ipomoea eustachiana Jacq.

Ipomoea galapagensis Andersson

Common Name:

Ipomoea triloba
Flower
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General Information

Ipomoea triloba is an annual plant with stems that can be 1 - 3 metres long. The stems scramble over the ground or twine into other plants for support[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].
The leaves are said to be frequently harvested from the wild and used as a vegetable in Benin, west Africa, where they are also said to be sold sometimes in local markets. However, for such a widely spread plant it is surprising that we have seen no other reports of edibility from other areas[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. The plant also has minor medicinal uses.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Originally native to the Caribbean, it is now a pantropical weed.

Habitat

Grassland, thickets, hedges, waste places, savannah forests, along roadsides, and occasionally on sandy beaches, at elevations from sea-level to 750 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual Climber
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Originally from the Caribbean, the plant has spread to become a pantropical weed. Although a fairly small plant, because of its creeping, twining habit it can overwhelm other vegetation in farmer's fields and in natural areas[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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Plants can flower all year round[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Medicinal

The plant is used as a poultice in the treatment against headaches[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

A decoction of the leaves is used as a treatment against stomach ache[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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