Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Ipomoea tiliacea

(Willd.) Choisy in DC., Prodr. 9:375.1845

Vine, glabrous except sometimes with long trichomes along midribs of blades. Petioles 3-9 cm long; blades ovate-cordate, acuminate, 6-11 (15) cm long, 5-8 cm wide. Flowers in cymose, axillary, pedunculate clusters; peduncles stout, to 6 cm long; pedicels 0.5-1.5 cm long; sepals 5, ovate, ca 1 cm long, acuminate, glabrous (or 1 pubescent), 1 sepal often curling around ovary after flower falls; corolla 4.5-5.5 (6) cm long, lavender to whit­ish outside, red-violet on tube inside, the rim broadly flaring, the lobes 5, minute, apiculate; stamens 5, all of different lengths, 1.5-2.5 cm long; filaments pubescent, fused to tube near base; anthers opening in bud; style slightly exceeding stamens; stigma lobed, the lobes 2, hemispherical. Capsules ± globose, 6-10 mm diam, split­ting into 4 valves; exocarp thin; seeds 4, dark brown, glabrous. Croat 6869, 7002.

Apparently uncommon; collected at Burrunga Point at the edge of the clearing. Flowers from July to Febru­ary. The fruits probably mature in 1 or 2 months. Old capsules may hang on for a long time.

When the level of the lake is high, the stems may be standing in water.

Tropics of Western and Eastern hemispheres. In Pan­ama, restricted to the Atlantic slope; known from tropical moist forest all along the Atlantic slope and from tropical wet forest in Veraguas, Coclé, and Colón,

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Ipomoea tiliacea flower
  • Ipomoea tiliacea flower