African Plant Database

Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.
Protologue : Tabl. Encycl. 1: 465 (1792)
Information on the genus : Ipomoea
Basionym : Convolvulus batatas L.
Status for MA : accepted (naturalised)
Status for NA : accepted (cultivated)
Status for TA : accepted (cultivated)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Convolvulus batatas L. (1753)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Ipomoea batatas var. cannabina Hallier f.
=Convolvulus edulis Thunb. (1784)
=Batatas edulis (Thunb.) Choisy (1834)
Ecology and distribution
Biol./Eco : Herb; Humid, Subhumid; Anthropic; 0-499 m, 500-999 m; distribution: Naturalised in Madagascar.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Trop. E. Africa Convolvulaceae: 114-115 (1963).
  • Food plants of Zimbabwe : 10 (1986).
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 230 (2006).

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • LETOURNEUX, M. A. (1889). Note sur un voyage botanique à Tripoli en Barbarie. Bull. Soc. Bot. France 36: [91-99]
  • TUTIN, T. G. & al. (ed.) (1972). Flora Europaea. (vol.3) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. [p.83]
  • HANSEN, A. & P. SUNDING (1993). Flora of Macaronesia. Checklist of vascular plants. 4. revised edition. Sommerfeltia 17: [1-295]
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Catalogue de Madagascar
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under Tropicos
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Herbarium, North Africa MPU
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Record n°8752 modified 2007-04-17
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