Convolvulaceae  Juss., 1789, nom. cons.

pronounced: con-voll-view-LAY-see-eye

the morning glory family

winding habitThe family name is from the Latin, convolere, to roll together, referring to the winding habit of many of its members. Convolvulaceae are cosmopolitan herbs, shrubs, climbers or leafless parasites, mainly of tropical and sub-tropical regions. They often have milky sap. The leaves are simple, though sometimes lobed to pinnatisect, and alternate. The flower petals are united in the characteristic funnel-shaped corolla. The fruit is very often a loculicidal capsule. The leaves and the starchy tuberous roots of some species are used for food, and the seeds as a purgative. Some species are sources of hallucinogenic drugs, and some are agricultural pests.


Argyreia nervosa -  Monkey Rose

Argyreia speciosa (syn.) - Monkey Rose

Bonamia dietrichiana - Dietrich's Morning Glory

Convolvulus nervosus (syn.) - Monkey Rose

Convolvulus speciosus (syn.) - Monkey Rose

Evolvulus alsinoides - Dwarf Morning Glory

Evolvulus glomeratus - Blue Daze

Ipomoea aquatica - Kangkong

Ipomoea batatas - Sweet Potato

Ipomoea carnea ssp. fistulosa - Bush Morning Glory

Ipomoea hederifolia - Scarlet Morning Glory

Ipomoea horsfalliae - Cardinal Creeper

Ipomoea indica - Blue Morning Glory

Ipomoea macrantha - Beach Moonflower

Ipomoea pes-caprae  ssp. brasiliensis - Beach Morning Glory

Ipomoea quamoclit - Cypress Vine

Ipomoea triloba - Pink Convolvulus

Merremia dissecta - Alamo Vine

Merremia quinquefolia - Snake Vine

Stictocarpia beraviensis - Hawaiian Sunset Vine


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