Linden-Leaf Morning Glory
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Linden-Leaf Morning Glory
P Native Photo: Revati Gindi
Common name: Linden-Leaf Morning Glory
Botanical name: Stictocardia tiliifolia    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Synonyms: Ipomoea tiliifolia, Convolvulus tiliifolius, Argyreia tiliifolia

Linden-Leaf Morning Glory is a large twinning shrub with funnel-shaped, reddish purple flowers with a dark center, 8-10 cm; limb 8-10 cm in diameter. Midpetaline bands are glandular dotted outside, sometimes hairy. Stamens are unequal; anthers lanceshaped, about 5 mm. Style is thread-like. Flowers are borne 1-3-flowered cymes, carried on flower-cluster-stalk 1.5-7.5 cm long. Flower-stalks are 2-3.5 cm, sepals circular, nearly equal or inner ones shorter, 1-1.8 cm, velvet-hairy or hairless below, minutely glandular dotted, enlarging to 4-5 cm in fruit, tip rounded or notched. Young branches are velvet-hairy, finally becoming hairless. Leaf-stalk is 3-14 cm; leaf blade broadly ovate or circular, 6-20 x 5-20 cm, herbaceous, velvet-hairy or nearly hairless, below glandular dotted, base heart-shaped, tip short tapering or abruptly tapering, mucronulate; lateral veins 7 or 8 pairs. Fruit spherical, 2-3.5 cm in diameter. Linden-Leaf Morning Glory is native to Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Pacific. Flowering: November-February.

Identification credit: Revati Gindi Photographed near Pune, Maharashtra.

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