Ipomoea hederacea

Scientific Name Ipomoea hederacea (Linn) Jacq.
Common Names English: Ivyleaf morningglory , German: Prunkwinde; French: Ipomée annuelle
Description Annual, twining seed propagated weed with ivy shaped leaves.

Descriptions

Characteristic Features

Vines up to 2 m (6.56 ft) long.

Stems

Stems, mostly vines, are slender and herbaceous, twining dextrorsely, glabrous to sparsely pubescent. 90-180 cm (2.95 - 5.9 ft) long.

Leaves

Alternate, blades simple, cordate or ovate to suborbicular, 2-10 cm (0.78 - 3.93 inch) long, 2-13 cm (0.78 - 5.12 inch) wide.
Lobes 3 sometimes 5, lobes distinct and pointed round between lobes, surfaces densely to sparly pubescent.
Petioles 5-12 cm (1.97 - 4.72 inch) long.

Propagation Organs

Flowers

Funnel-shaped flowers (white on the inside) that turn rose-purple late in the day.
Corolla of 5 fused petals.
Few to several in cymes or colitary.
Pedicels 5-7 mm (0.19 - 0.27 inch) long or sometimes longer.
Sepals oblong to elliptic, 0.5-3 mm (0.019 - 0.118 inch) long, glabrous.
Apex obtuse or truncate, outer 2 sepals with a subterminal bristle.

Flowering Period

June - October.

Seeds

Dark brown or black, pyriform, dorsal surface with usually 2 lines of short dark hairs.
Germination in spring.

Occurrence

Habitat

Fields and waste places and disturbed areas.

Soil

Moist, well-drained, poor normal to loamy soil.

Agricultural Importance

Ipomea hederacea is an important weed in subtropical areas that strongly interferes with the crop, and is difficult to control.

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