Invasive Alien Species

Species Name: Ipomoea cairica

Family Name:
Ipomoea palmata Forssk.
Africa and Asia.
A twining annual vine. Stem slender, herbaceous. Leaves alternate, ovate or orbicular, palmately cut at the base into five segments, the basal pair of segments sometimes lobed; leafstalk up to 10 cm long.  Inflorescence axillary, with stalk, white with a purplish red or pinkish tinge on both surfaces; sepals not hairy; corolla funnel shaped; oval with silky  hairs on edges.  Fruit a sub-globose capsule.  Seeds hairy.
Invaded Habitat:
Running wild on roadsides, waste places, fences and railway embankments.
In Java locally naturalized in West Java.
Seeds are dispersed by wind or water.
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  3. Weber, E.  2003.  Invasive Plant Species of the World.  A Reference Guide to Environmental Weeds.  CAB International Publishing.