Taxon: Ipomoea cairica (L.) Sweet

Genus: Ipomoea
  Subgenus: Quamoclit
Family: Convolvulaceae
      Tribe: Ipomoeeae
Nomen number: 20148
Place of publication: Hort. brit. ed. 1:287. 1826
Comment: valid publication verified from original literature
Name Verified on: 15-Apr-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 17 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Zander ed13; Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide F ChinaEng; D. F. Austin, pers. comm. 1996)
  • Weed: (fide Atlas WWeed; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


    . exact native range obscure


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya
    • Macaronesia: Cape Verde
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea; Ethiopia; Somalia
    • Northern Africa: Egypt
    • South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana; South Africa; Swaziland
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Yemen
    • China: China - Fujian, - Guangdong, - Guangxi, - Hainan, - Yunnan
    • Eastern Asia: Japan - Ryukyu Islands; Taiwan
    • Western Asia: Israel; Jordan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
  • Australasia

    • New Zealand: New Zealand

  • Naturalized:

  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Malta
  • Northern America

    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida, - Louisiana
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Oaxaca
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    • Northwestern Pacific: Micronesia
    • South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia
    • Southwestern Pacific: Fiji; New Caledonia; Solomon Islands; Tonga
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Jamaica
    • Mesoamerica: Honduras
    • Northern South America: Guyana; Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina; Chile; Paraguay; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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