Hairy Little Bell
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Hairy Little Bell
ative Photo: Balkar Singh
Common name: Hairy Little Bell
Botanical name: Ipomoea arachnosperma    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Synonyms: Ipomoea pilosa

Hairy Little Bell is an annual creeper with stems prostrate or twining, up to 2.3 m long, densely covered with white or yellow hairs. Leaves are deeply 3-lobed, rarely entire, 5-13 cm long, 6-13 cm wide. Tip is pointed or long-pointed, base is heart-shaped. Leaves are thin, green, but bristly-hairy above, densely white-cottony beneath. Leaf stalk is 4-7 cm long. Flowers arise several in lax or dense cymes which are carried on 1.5-7 cm long stalks. Bracts are 7 mm long and 2 mm wide. Sepals are lanceshaped, 1.2-2.2 cm long, 2.5-3 mm wide, bristly or setose and glandular. Flowers are pink or mauve, 1.2-2.0 cm long, velvety above. Capsule is ovoid, 8 mm long, velvety above. Seeds are velvety-white (rarely quite hairless) and black, ovoid, 4.5 mm long. Hairy Little Bell is found in India and Africa.

Identification credit: Balkar Singh, Gurcharan SIngh
Photographed in Haryana.
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