Sweet, Hort. Brit. 287 (1827).
Synonymy: Convolvulus cairicus L., Syst. Nat. edn 10:922 (1759); I. palmata Forsskål, Fl. Aegypt.-Arab. 43 (1775).
Common name: Mile-a-minute.
Glabrous perennial with trailing and twining stems, rooting at the nodes; leaves orbicular in outline, 4-8 x 4-9 cm, palmately divided to the base into 5-7 bluntly acute, mucronulate, lanceolate to ovate or elliptic lobes.
Inflorescence axillary, cymose, peduncle 0.5-7 cm long, bearing 1, rarely 2 or 3 flowers; bracteoles opposite, triangular, to 3 mm long; pedicel 2-3 mm long; outer sepals concave, ovate, obtuse to bluntly acute, mucronulate, 5-8 x 3-4 mm, inner sepals slightly longer and distinctly broader; corolla funnel-shaped, violet to purplish-violet with a darker throat, glabrous, 3.5-6 cm long, limb 6-8 cm diam.; stamens inserted 4-5 mm above the base of the corolla; filaments very unequal, 7-18 mm long; ovary 2-celled; style 20-25 mm long; stigma 2-conical.
Capsule subglobose, 10-12 mm high; seeds tomentose, 5-6 mm long.
S.Aust.: EP. W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W. Native to tropical Africa and Asia; widely cultivated.
Flowering time: throughout the year.
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