Taxon: Ipomoea triloba L.

Genus: Ipomoea
  Subgenus: Eriospermum
    Section: Eriospermum
Family: Convolvulaceae
      Tribe: Ipomoeeae
Nomen number: 20232
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:161. 1753
Name Verified on: 05-Apr-1993 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 38 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Bee plants: honey production (fide WorldWeeds 421. 1997)
  • Gene sources: potential for drought resistance in sweet-potato (fide Pl Cell Tissue Cult 99:88. 2009)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of sweet-potato (based on formation of one somatic hybrid ("KT1") fide Pl Cell Tissue Cult 99:88. 2009)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional Range:


    . probable origin West Indies


  • Northern America

    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, - Chiapas, - Guerrero, - Jalisco, - Michoacan, - Nayarit, - Oaxaca, - Queretaro, - Quintana Roo, - Veracruz, - Yucatan
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Bahamas; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Jamaica; Trinidad and Tobago
    • Central America: Belize; Guatemala; Honduras
    • Western South America: Colombia; Ecuador

  • Naturalized:

  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan; Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Philippines
  • Northern America

    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Western South America: Peru


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