Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Ipomoea muelleri Benth.

Slender Vine
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Flower. © G. Sankowsky
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Bentham, G. (1868) Flora Australiensis 4: 423. Type: N Australia; Nichol Bay, Walcott; Sturts Creek, F. Mueller; in the interior, lat. 18 deg 30, McDouall Stuarts Expedition; holo: K?.

Common name

Poison morning glory; Australian morning glory


A slender vine, stem diameter not exceeding 2 cm.


Leaf blades about 4.5-7 x 5-8 cm, petioles about 2-7 cm long. Petioles clothed in numerous small wart-like projections. Two large glands visible on the petiole close to its junction with the petiole.


Peduncles about 10-12 cm long. Sepals about 15-17 mm long. Corolla about 60-70 mm long, spirally twisted in the bud, purple inside and out. Staminal filament of different lengths, clothed in purplish hairs towards the base. Anthers shaped like an arrowhead. Pollen grains white, surface spinulose. Style long and slender. Stigma +/- 2-lobed, laterally compressed, +/- globular, +/- lobed like a cumulus cloud.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and widely spread over many other more inland parts of Australia. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 800 m. Usually grows in open forest but also found in and on the margins of monsoon forest and vine thicket.

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