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Warning: Caution must be taken as the toxic effects of this plant are unknown. Ipomoea cairica (L.) Sweet

[From Greek, ips = worm and homoios = like and Latin, cairica = from Cairo, Egypt]

Common names: Cairo morning glory, coastal morning glory; wasovivi(Fiji); wuzhao long (Chinese).

Physical description: It is a slender perennial climber which grows to a length of 1.5 m. The stems are terete, smooth, sappy and develop tendrils. Leaves: simple, spiral and without stipules. The petiole is 6.5 cm-7 cm long. The blade is palmate, very thin,

3cm-4.9cm x 1.6cm-1.8cm, and comprises of 5 folioles with 2 folioles at the base, bilobed. The margin is serrulate. The folioles display about 8 pairs of secondary nerves. The inflorescences are axillary and solitary. The flower pedicels are 5cm-7cm long. The calyx consists of 5 lobes which are 4 mm x 5 mm. The corolla is infundibuliform, 3 cm x 4 cm and pinkish in color (Fig. 296).

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