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Ipomoea cairica - pouwhiwhi, coastal morning glory

Morning-glory family: Convolvulaceae

Ipomoea cairica is a twining, scrambling perennial vine. Leaves are divided into leaflets which are attached at the end of the leaf stalk (palmate arrangement). Leaflets are elliptical in shape, thin and not glossy. Flowers are funnel shaped, purple to white.
Found throughout the North Island but also widespread in the Southern Hemisphere.

The sweet potato (kumara) is Ipomoea batatas

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: vine

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 50-80 mm diam.

Leaf form: divided, leaflets elliptic

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-10 cm

Petals: 5, pink-purple

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: dry