Batatas triloba (L.) Choisy
Convolvulus heterophyllus Sessé & Moc.
Convolvulus trilobus (L.) Desr.
Ipomoea blancoi Choisy
Ipomoea confertiflora Standl.
Ipomoea eustachiana Jacq.
Ipomoea galapagensis Andersson
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[
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[
]. The plant also has minor medicinal uses.
Originally native to the Caribbean, it is now a pantropical weed.
Grassland, thickets, hedges, waste places, savannah forests, along roadsides, and occasionally on sandy beaches, at elevations from sea-level to 750 metres[
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[
Plants can flower all year round[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The plant is used as a poultice in the treatment against headaches[
A decoction of the leaves is used as a treatment against stomach ache[
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