Interpr. Herb. Amboin. 445 (1917) APNI
Perennial with twining stems, pilose. Leaves broad-ovate, 4–17 cm long, 3–15 cm wide, apex acuminate, base cordate, margins entire or deeply 3-lobed, upper surface appressed-hairy, lower surface silky-tomentose; petiole 3–13 cm long. Inflorescences 2-many-flowered terminally congested cymes; peduncles 2–18 cm long; bracteoles narrow-ovate, 10–20 mm long. Flowers on pedicels 5–15 mm long; outer sepals ovate, 17–25 mm long; inner sepals similar, 15–22 mm long; corolla funnel-shaped, violet-blue with paler mid-petaline bands and darker throat, more or less glabrous, tube 5.5–7.5 cm long, limb 6.5–8 cm diam.; stamens inserted 9–11 mm above base of corolla, filaments very unequal, 11–26 mm long; ovary 3-celled, style 28–35 mm long, stigma capitate, 3-lobed. Capsule depressed-globose, c. 10 mm diam. Flowers mainly spring–autumn.
*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to tropical areas of the world. An occasional weed in metropolitan Melbourne (and probably other urban centres) where commonly grown as a climber over fences etc. Native to tropical areas of the world.
The northern and central Australian Ipomoea lonchophylla J.M. Black (Common Cow-vine) was apparently collected at Orbost in November 1900, but the provenance of this specimen must be regarded as doubtful or else the collection was from a garden-grown plant rather than from a natural occurrence. This annual trailer has narrow entire leaves, 1- or 2-flowered inflorescences of white, funnel-shaped flowers with the corolla-tube about 1 cm long and the limb 1–2 cm diam. This species may be distinguished from I. indica by the white corolla that is less than 3 cm long and the entire, ovate to lanceolate leaves.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|