Taxon: Ipomoea purpurea (L.) Roth

Genus: Ipomoea
Subgenus: Ipomoea
Section: Pharbitis
Family: Convolvulaceae
Tribe: Ipomoeeae
Nomen number: 20214
Place of publication: Bot. Abh. Beobacht. 27. 1787
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 09-Mar-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 19 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Hortus 3; Dict Gard)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Cooper & Johnson ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide State Noxweed Seed; Weeds SAfr 2001)

Distributional Range:





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  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image