Palm-Leaf Morning Glory
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Palm-Leaf Morning Glory
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Palm-Leaf Morning Glory • Kannada: ಭುಜಗುಂಬಳ Bhujagumbala, ನೆಲಗುಂಬಳ Nelagumbala, ನೆಲಗುಡ್ಡಗೆಣಸು Nelagudda genasu, ಭೂಮಿಚಕ್ರಗೆಡ್ಡೆ Bhoomi chakragedde
Botanical name: Ipomoea cheirophylla    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Synonyms: Ipomoea digitata

Palm-Leaf Morning Glory is a species closely similar to Ipomoea mauritiana and often confused with it, differing mainly in narrower leaf lobes and narrower longer calyx lobes. It is a large climber with leaves 3-7 inches, often lobed to the base. Lobes are lanceshaped or elliptic, often spoon-shaped. Leaf-stalks are 2-5 inches long. Peduncles are often 6 inches long. Flowers are not capitate. Sepals are 6-8 mm, flowers 4-6 cm long, widely bell-shaped, hairless, pink-purple. Palm-Leaf Morning Glory is found in a large part of tropical world.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Rajouri Garden, Delhi.

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