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 :
  • (1963). Flora of Tropical East Africa Convolvulaceae: 114-115
  • 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
  • Fl. Eur. 3: 83 (1972).
  • HANSEN, A. & P. SUNDING (1993). Flora of Macaronesia. Checklist of vascular plants. 4. revised edition. Sommerfeltia 17: 1-295
More info on :
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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 African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
see under Herbarium, North Africa MPU
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Record n°8752 modified 2007-04-17
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