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5. Ipomoea cairica (Linn.) Sweet, Hort. Brit. 287. 1827. Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 4:918.1923, excl. syn. Ipomoea pulchella Roth, van Ooststroom, l.c., 478, Jafri, l.c. 266, R.R. Stewart, l.c. 575. (Fig. 5, G-I).


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Ipomoea cairica

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Convolvulus cairicus Linn.
  • Ipomoea palmata Forsk.

    Perennial climbers. Roots tuberous. The stems twining, tuberculate or smooth. Leaves ovate to orbicular in outline, palmately cut to the base into 5 lobes, these lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, 3-10 cm long, pseudostipules present. Flowers of 1-to few-flowered cymes. Sepals ovate, obtuse to acute, mucronulate, 4-6.5 mm long. Corolla purple or white with a pinkish or purplish base inside the tube, 5-6 cm long. Fruit capsular, subglo-bose, 10-12 mm long. Seeds densely short-tomentose or with long trichomes on the margins.

    Fl. Per.: June to December.

    Type: Not designated.

    C-7 Rawalpindi, R.R. Stewart s.n. (RAW), Sind: G-4 Karachi, Police hospital, S. Qureshi s.n. (KUH), G-5 Mirpur Khas, S. Qureshi 4176 (KUH).

    Distribution: An American species, now widely cultivated and naturalized in Africa and Asia.

    ‘Railway Creeper’ is a very common cultivated plant in the plains.


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