Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Ipomoea eriocarpa R.Br.

Slender Vine
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Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 484. Type: Endeavour River?, Banks & Solander; (BM?).

Common name

Morning Glory


A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.


Leaf blades about 3-10 x 0.6-2.5 cm, petioles about 0.5-3.5 cm long. Stems, petioles, upper and lower leaf blade surfaces clothed in long pale-coloured +/- prostrate hairs. Lateral veins about 8-10 on each side of the midrib, midrib and lateral veins raised on the upper surface of the leaf blade.


Flowers almost sessile or on pedicels up to 3 mm long. Flowers about 9-10 mm diam, corolla mauve except for a darker centre. Sepals about 5-8 mm long, apices acuminate, outer surface hairy. Corolla tube about 10 mm long. Anthers about 1 mm long, staminal filaments about 4-5 mm long. Ovary about 3-3.5 x 3 mm, surrounded by hairs. Style hairy. Stigma 2-lobed, hairy.


Fruits about 5-7 mm diam., hairy, sepals persistent at the base. Seeds about 3-5 x 3 mm. Embryo green. Cotyledons folded and rolled in a complex fashion. Radicle straight, about 1-2 mm long.


Cotyledons bilobed, about 19-21 x 18 mm, glabrous throughout. Petiole hairy, about 10 mm long. First pair of leaves lanceolate to narrowly cordate, about 25-35 x 14-20 mm, upper and lower leaf blade surfaces clothed in hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade narrowly cordate, apex acuminate, upper and lower surfaces clothed in hairs. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Petiole hairy. Stem densely clothed in prostrate hairs. Seed germination time 28 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to about 600 m. Usually grows in open forest but probably also found in vine thicket and monsoon forest. Also occurs in Africa, Madagascar, Asia and Malesia.

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