Ipomoea sinensis (Desr.) Choisy
subsp. blepharosepala (Hochst. ex A. Rich.)Verdc.

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Ipomoea sinensis subsp. blepharosepala

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By road from Hwali Business Centre to Manama Mission, Dibilishaba CL

Ipomoea sinensis subsp. blepharosepala

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Hwali Business Centre to Manama Mission, Dibilishaba CL

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Synonyms: Ipomoea blepharospeala Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Ipomoea cardiosepala Hochst. ex Baker & Wright
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual herb with numerous stems growing from a taproot, prostrate or twining, up to 2.5 m long, more or less densely covered with white spreading hairs, particularly when young. Leaves ovate to ovate-oblong, 2-10 cm long, broadly cordate or rarely subhastate at the base, pubescent or hairless; petiole slender, 1-10 cm long. Flowers axillary, 1-3 on a slender peduncle, up to 6.5 cm long, hairy; pedicels up to 1.9 cm long, hairy, erect in flower, reflexed in fruit. Bracts minute, lanceolate. Sepals (in this subspecies) up to 6 mm long, enlarging in fruit up 9 mm long, unequal, outer lanceolate with a somewhat broadened base; inner narrower than outer. Corola in this subspecies normally pale pink or mauve with a dark centre, c. 1.3 cm long. Capsule globose with an apiculate apex formed by the persistent style-base, hairless.
Derivation of specific name: sinensis: Chinese; of China
Habitat: In woodland, Acacia scrub, grassland and cultivated land, on sandy and calcareous soils.
Altitude range: 200 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Somalia, Socotra, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Namibia, Eswatini and KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. Also in Arabia.
Malawi distribution: S
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 27 July 2016

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Ipomoea sinensis subsp. blepharosepala.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148010, retrieved 30 March 2023

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