9. Ipomoea hederacea Jacq., Icon. Pl. Rar. 1:t. 36. 1786.
DANIEL F. AUSTIN
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Annual climbers, densely to scattered pubescent with large trichomes throughout. Leaves cordate-ovate, entire or 3-lobed, 4-15 cm long, basally cordate, apically acuminate to acute, pubescent. Flowers in 1-to few-flowered cymes. Sepals long-lanceolate, 20-30 mm long, abruptly narrowed and spreading or curved at least in fruit, usually with some long erect trichomes on the base. Corolla lavender to blue with a white centre in wild plants, varying to red or purple in cultivated races, 3-5 cm long. Fruit capsular, subglobose to globose, 8-10 mm long. Seeds pyriform, black.
Fl. Per.: September to October.
Type: U.S.A., the illustration in Jacq., Icon. Rar. T. 36 (here chosen as a lectotype).
B-7 Hazara Dist.: Balakot, Qaiser & Ghafoor 5155 (KUH), Batal, Siran range, 1.9.1899, Inayat s.n. (K), Sathian Gali, M.A. Siddiqi & Y. Nasir 4067 (RAW), Near Manserah, Qaiser & Ghafoor 5482 (KUH), Abbottabad, Sultanul Abedin & Qaiser 9171 (KUH), C-7 Rawalpindi Dist.: Wah, pink flowers, M. A. Siddiqi 1831 (RAW).
Distribution: Originally from the United States, now widely introduced into tropical and subtropical regions. Not always becoming established.
This species is near Ipomoea nil (L.) Roth with which it fairly readily hybridizes.