Mauve Clustervine
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Mauve Clustervine
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Mauve Clustervine
Botanical name: Jacquemontia paniculata var. paniculata    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Synonyms: Ipomoea paniculata, Convolvulus parviflorus, Convolvulus violaceus

Mauve Clustervine is a twinning or creeping herb with stems 0.25-2 m, velvety when young. Leaf stalks are 1-6 cm, velvety. Leaves are ovate or ovate-oblong, 3-8 x 2-5 cm, base heart-shaped or rounded to flat, tip long pointed, rarely pointed or blunt. There is another closely related variety Jacquemontia paniculata var. lanceolata which has narrow lanceshaped leaves with narrow bases. Mauve flowers are borne in many-flowered clusters. Clusters are loose to dense, carried on peduncle 0.3-4 cm stalks. Flower stalks are 3-5 mm long, velvety. Sepals are unequal, long pointed - outer 3 ovate to ovate-lanceshaped, 5-7 X 4 mm, inner 2 smaller. Flowers are lilac, pale purple, pink, or white, funnel- shaped, 0.8-1.2 cm. Flower limb is shallowly 5-lobed. Filaments are nearly equal, vevety at the base, anthers oblong. Ovary is hairless, style 8 mm, stigmas oblong. Capsule is round, 3-4 mm in diameter, 8-valved. Mauve Clustervine is found in thickets, grassy areas, forest clearings, roadsides, often on dry soils.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed in Ananthagiri HIll forest, Andhra Pradesh.
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