Ipomoea pes caprae L R Br

[From Greek, ips = worm and homoios and from Latin, pes = foot and caprae = goat]

Synonymy: Ipomoea biloba Forssk., Ipomoea bilobata, Ipomoea turpenthum.

Common names: Goat's foot creeper; tapakkuda (Malay & Javanese); pinlaikazum (Burmese); trakuon kantek (Cambodian); patate de mer (French); manmatha (Sanskrit); adambu (Tamil), Pak bung tale (Thai).

Physical description: It is a common tropical coastal creeping herb. The plant grows to a height of 3 m. Leaves: 2.5 cm x 10 cm, simple and alternate. The petiole is 2.5cm-10cm long.The blade is succulent, soft, light-green, glossy and cordate. The inflorescences are 1-3-flowered cymes. The calyx consists of 5 sepals which are ovate and blunt. The corolla is showy, infundibuliform, 5 cm and mauve-pink in color. The andrecium comprises of 5 stamens with filiform filaments. The ovary is 1-3-locular and includes 4-6 ovules. The style is filiform. The fruits are 1.2 cm long capsules containing several hairy seeds (Figs. 297 & 298).

Fig. 298. Ipomoea pes - caprae (L.) R. Br.
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