Ipomoea obscura (L.) Ker Gawl.
Ker Gawler, J.B. (1817) The Botanical Register 3 : t. 23.
Obscure Morning Glory
A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.
Leaf blades about 2-7 x 2-8 cm, petioles about 1-6 cm long.
Inflorescence a simple cyme or reduced to 1 or 2 flowers. Flowers about 20-25 mm diam. Peduncle about 10-70 mm long. Pedicel about 15-20 mm long. Sepals triangular, about 4-5 mm long. Corolla white or pale yellow with a maroon centre, trumpet-shaped, about 10-20 mm long. Anther filaments clothed in white hairs towards the base. Ovary conical about 1 mm long. Style about 6-7 mm long. Stigma globose, bilobed. Disk cup-shaped, about 0.25 mm high, surrounding the base of the ovary.
Cotyledons deeply bilobed or V-shaped, about 30-34 x 22-33 mm, +/- palmately veined. Midrib not extending to the apex. First leaves cordate, apex acuminate and mucronate, base cordate, petioles relatively long and clothed in hairs. Lower surface of the leaf blades clothed in short translucent hairs, upper surfaces sparsely clothed in hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: stems twining, apex acuminate, base cordate. Venation palmate. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Both the upper and lower leaf blade surfaces clothed in short translucent hairs. Seed germination time 16 to 34 days.
This species may have medicinal properties.