Taxon: Ipomoea violacea L.

Genus: Ipomoea
  Subgenus: Eriospermum
    Section: Erpipomoea
Family: Convolvulaceae
      Tribe: Ipomoeeae
Nomen number: 20238
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:161. 1753
Comment: non Ipomoea violacea auct. (= I. tricolor Cav.)
Name Verified on: 28-Aug-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 08-Jan-2007
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Western Indian Ocean: Seychelles
  • Asia-Temperate

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

    • Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Thailand
    • Malesia: Christmas Island; Indonesia; Malaysia; New Guinea; Philippines
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - Northern Territory, - Queensland, - Western Australia
  • Northern America

    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, - Quintana Roo, - Yucatan
  • Pacific

    • Northwestern Pacific: Guam; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau
    • South-Central Pacific: Cook Islands; French Polynesia; Pitcairn
    • Southwestern Pacific: Fiji; New Caledonia; Niue; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Bahamas; Barbados; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Haiti; Hispaniola; Jamaica; Martinique; Netherlands Antilles - Saba, - St. Eustatius; Puerto Rico; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Virgin Islands (British) - Tortola; Virgin Islands (U.S.) - St. Croix, - St. John, - St. Thomas
    • Mesoamerica: Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • South Tropical Africa: Mozambique
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii


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