Ipomoea coccinea L. - Red Morning Glory

Ipomoea coccinea plant

Family - Convolvulaceae

Stems:

Ipomoea coccinea stem

Leaves:

Ipomoea coccinea leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Ipomoea coccinea flower

Ipomoea coccinea calyx

Ipomoea coccinea fruitNote the reflexed pedicels.

Flowering - July - November.

Habitat - Cultivated fields, roadsides, railroads, old fields, waste places, disturbed sites.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This weedy but attractive species can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its trailing stems, cordate leaves, brilliant red flowers, and reflexed fruiting pedicels. Another species, I. hederifolia L., is similar but has typically three-lobed leaves and fruiting pedicels that stand erect. The calyx of this latter species is also smaller than in I. coccinea.
The genus name Ipomoea derives from the Greek "ip(s)" meaning "a worm" and "homo(oio)" meaning "like, resembling" referring to the twining habit of the plants in this genus.
The species epithet coccinea derives from the Latin "coccin" meaning "scarlet" referring to the brilliant flowers of the species.

Alabama Distribution:

Ipomoea coccinea map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 10, Lee County, AL., 8-27-04.


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