Sind Morning Glory
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Sind Morning Glory
ative Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Sind Morning Glory
Botanical name: Ipomoea sindica    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)

Sind Morning Glory is an uncommon morning-glory species found in the wild. It is an annual creeper growing up to 50 cm long, with many stems from the base, prostrate or twining, internodes upto 11 cm. Stems are slender, covered with spreading hairs. Flowers are borne in leaf axils, in 1-3-flowered clusters. Bracts are 3-8 mm long, linear, hairy, long-pointed. Flower-stalks are 3-4 mm long. Sepal cup is 6-8 mm long, dilated at base, sepals lanceshaped, hairy and frilly. Flowers are white, funnel-shaped, 0.8-1 cm long, limb broadly 5-lobed, minutely hairy outside. Leaves are 2.5-6 cm long, 3-4 cm broad, oblong, arrow-shaped, pointed or long-pointed at the tip. Leaves are hairy on both surfaces, might becomes somewhat hairless as they grow old. Margins are frilly with hairs, entire or slightly wavy. Base is heart-shaped with broad sinus and diverging lobes. Leaf stalks are 1-3.5 cm long, hairy. Capsules are spherical, 0.5-0.6 cm across, hairless. Sind Morning Glory can be confused with Tiny Morning Glory, however Tiny Morning Glory flowers mostly have a pink center and hairy capsule, whereas the flowers of Sind Morning Glory are white, and the capsule is hairless. Sind Morning Glory is found in the Sind region of Pakistan, Rajasthan, Haryana and parts of Himachal Pradesh.

Identification credit: Rakesh Singh Photographed in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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