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 Ipomoea subsp. var.  Morning glory, Moonflower
Ipomoea carnea
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Lifespan: perennial, annual
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Features: flowers
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Convolvulaceae > Ipomoea var. , L.

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The genus Ipomoea (pronounced /ˌɪpɵˈmiːə/,[1] from the Greek ips ~ ipos, wormweed or bindweed, and homoeos, resembling, referring to the twining habit) is the largest in the family Convolvulaceae, with over 500 species. Most of these are called "morning glories", but this can refer to related genera also. Those formerly separated in Calonyction are called "moonflowers". The genus occurs throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, and comprises annual and perennial herbaceous plants, lianas, shrubs and small trees; most of the species are twining climbing plants.

Most species have spectacular, colorful flowers and are often grown as ornamental plants, and a number of cultivars have been developed. Their deep flowers attract large Lepidoptera - especially Sphingidae such as the Pink-spotted Hawkmoth (Agrius cingulata) -, or even hummingbirds.

Second, the genus includes food crops; the tubers of Sweet Potato (I. batatas) and the leaves of Water Spinach (I. aquatica) are commercially important food items and have been for millennia.

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Pests and diseases

Many herbivores avoid morning glories like Ipomoea, as the high alkaloid content makes these plants unpalatable, if not toxic. Nonetheless, Ipomoea species are used as food plants by the caterpillars of certain Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). For a selection of diseases of the Sweet Potato (I. batatas), many of which also infect other members of this genus, see List of sweet potato diseases.


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Removed from the Ipomoea genus:

IndexCH. acetosaefolia, 8. alba, 10, 18, 19. angustifolia, 17. antillana, 28. arborescens, 5. atro-caerulea, 10. atro-sanguinea, 10. aurea, 21. azurea, 10. batatas, 33. bona-nox, 30. bonariensis, 25. briggsii, 19. carletonii, 1. carminata, 10. carnosa, 8. chrysantha, 27. chryseides, 27. corymbosa, 28. cymosa, 28. dealbata, 12. dickensonii, 10. digitata, 24. dissecta, 23. ferrandiana, 13. ficifolia, 25. filicaulis, 17. fistulosa, 4. flore-pleno, 10. foliis marmoratis, 13. fuchsioides, 15. goodellii, 4. grandiflora, 13,30. hederacea, 13. heterophylla, 9. hirsutula, 11. hookeri,18. horsfalliae, 19,20. huberi, 10. insignis, 24. integrifolium, 15. jalapa, 16, 29, 32. kermesina, 10. latifolia, 30. learii, 12,14. leptophylla,2. limbata, 13. lindheimeri, 9. lindleyana, 9. littoralis, 8. longifolia, 1. macrorhiza, 29. maritime, 7. marmorata, 13. mexicana, 11. michauxii, 29. microdactylum, 15. mutabilis, 12. nil, 13. palmata, 24. pandurata, 24. paniculata, 24. perringiana, 25. pes-caprae, 7. purge, 16. purpurea, 10. rosea, 10. rubro-caerulea, 18. sagittata, 26. scabra, 13. sellowii, 25. setose, 22. sidaefolia, 28. sinitata, 23. sinuate, 23. speciosa, 26. stans, 3. stolonifera, 8. ternata, 4. texana, 4. thomsoniana, 20. tricolor, 18. tuba, 30. varia, 10. ventricosa, 30. violacea fl-pl., 10. violacea-striata, 10. wolcottiana, 6.



  1. Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607

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