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  Ipomoea batatas
 
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  Family: CONVOLVULACEAE
  Citation:  Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam., Encycl. 1: 465. 1791; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 202. 1883; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 183. 1982; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 476. 1990; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 447. 1997; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 471. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 567. 2009. Convolvulus batatas L., Sp. Pl. 154. 1753.
  Malayalam Name(s): Cheenikizhangu, Chakkarakizhangu, Kappakizhangu, Madurakizhangu, Mathurakizhangu, Sarkarakizhangu
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Boniato, Camote, Sweet Potato
  Description: Vines; the stems usually somewhat succulent but sometimes slender and herbaceous; perennial, glabrous or pubescent. Leaves variable, from cordate to ovate, entire, dentate or often deeply lobed, 5-10 cm long, glabrous or sometimes pubescent. Inflorescences of solitary or few-flowered cymes. Flowers absent in some varieties, if present on pedicels 3-12 mm long; sepals oblong, the outer sepals acuminate and cuspidate, (8-) 10-15 mm long, mostly pubescent or only ciliate; corolla with a lavender to purple-lavender limb and darker throat, white in some varieties, 4-7 cm long. Fruits rarely formed, ovoid, glabrous; seeds rotund, glabrous.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-March
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Cultivated
  Distribution: Probably native of Tropical South America; now widely cultivated throughout the tropics
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink, White, Purple
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Vallikkunnam, Vaniampuzha
   
 
   
 
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