Ipomoea cairica

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Ipomoea cairica (L.) Sweet
  • Synonyms : Ipomoea palmata Forsk
  • Common Name : The Railway Creeper, Porter's Joy, Narvel, Swairini
  • Plant Family : Convolvulaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 22, 27,28, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Ipomoea cairica Plant :

  • Habit : A large, perennial twiner, stems with lenticels.
  • Leaves : Palmately cut almost to the base into 3-7, usually 5, lanceolate or elliptic lobes.
  • Flowers :
    • Large, purple, often in 3-flowered cymes, axillary.
    • Sepals 5, ovate, dotted with whitish specks inside.
    • Corolla large, infundibulum, mauve or purple with deeper tinge in the throat.
    • Stamens 5 filaments unequal, hairy at base.
    • Ovary 2-celled, style slender, bilobed.
  • Fruit : Capsules ovoid.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : All the year round.
  • Significance : Very common everywhere in the gardens and exceedingly common on trellises and fences on all railway platforms.