Tiger Foot Morning Glory
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Tiger Foot Morning Glory
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Tiger Foot Morning Glory • Hindi: पंचपतिया Panchpatia • Marathi: वाघपदी Vagh-padi • Tamil: Pulichovadi, Punaikkirai • Malayalam: Pulichuvatu • Telugu: Chikunuvvu • Bengali: অংগুলী লতা Anguli lota • Konkani: Arti
Botanical name: Ipomoea pes-tigridis    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)

Tiger Foot Morning Glory is a twining, herbaceous, hairy, annual vine, all parts being more or less covered with rather long, spreading, pale, or brownish hairs. The leaves are somewhat rounded in outline, 6-10 cm in diameter, palmately 5- to 9-lobed, heart-shaped at the base and somewhat hairy on both surfaces. The lobes of the blade are elliptic, with narrowed base and rounded sinuses. The 5-lobed leaf resembles tiger's paw, which inspired its common name, as well as the botanical species name pes-tigridis. The flowers occur in axillary head, usually only one opening at a time. The sepal tube is green and about 1 cm long. The flowers are white and 4 cm long, the limb being 3 cm in diameters. Flowers open after 4 pm, and fade next morning. The fruit is rounded and 6-7 mm in diameter. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi.

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