wild flowers Ipomoea obscura #SMSnotes


Ipomoea obscura, the obscure morning glory or small white morning glory, is a species of the genus Ipomoea. It is native to parts of Africa, Asia, and certain Pacific Islands, and it is present in other areas as an introduced species.


The native range of this species is Tropical & Subtropical Old World. It is a climbing annual or perennial and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome(s).


Trumpet-shaped flowers are composed of 5 round lobes that are fused together. Each lobe is notched and longitudinally bisected by a thin, yellow, triangular band. The flowers have a dark red throat with white-tipped stamens.

Ipomoea obscura is a twining herbaceous vine, climbing, sometimes trailing, 2 to 3 m long. The stem is cylindrical, slender, glabrous, or covered with long dense hairs. The leaves are alternate, simple, entire, broadly ovate to subcircular, with the base deeply cordate and the apex tapered in a point.

The faces are almost glabrous, and the margin is slightly ciliated. The flowers are solitary or by 2 on top of a long slender peduncle. They look like little trumpets, very flared and cream-white in color. The globular fruit is dry, containing 4 gray seeds. It remains surrounded at the base by the persistent calyx.

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