Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3801

Herbaceous vine; Semi-aquatic
Perennial? Annual?
Has milky sap (latex)

Non-native: China

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

SC Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Nuisance Species List, 2003
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017
USDA Federal Noxious Weed List, 093014
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Petiole 1-4"

FLOWER:
White to lavender
5-merous
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
5 stamens
Flowers in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Solanales

PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ipomoea aquatica   FAMILY Convolvulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Water Spinach, Swamp Morning Glory


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Charles T. Bryson, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_1116058

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Flowers can be purple, pink or white with a purple center, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org    bug_1149028

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Leaves arrow-shaped, 1-6" x 1-3"; stems hollow, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org    bug_1149035

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Can be a procumbent terrestrial in wetland areas or a floating aquatic, per www.invasive.org.


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Julia Scher, Federal Noxious Weeds Disseminules, USDA APHIS ITP, Bugwood.org    bug_5376491

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Julia Scher, Federal Noxious Weeds Disseminules, USDA APHIS ITP, Bugwood.org    bug_5376492

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