Ipomoea triloba L.
  • Sp. Pl.
  • Little Bell

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Ipomoea triloba L. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0001297271. Accessed on: 14 Jun 2021'

General Information

79. Ipomoea triloba L., Sp. Pl. 161 (1753). Lectotipo (designado por Austin, (1978):Sloane, Voy. Jamaica 1: t. 97, f. 1 (1707). Ilustr.: Acevedo-Rodríguez,Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 78: 183,t. 82 (1996). N.v.: Campanilla, mool t’uul, quilamul, resicuch,x-is-akil, G.

Por D.F. Austin, J.A. McDonald y G. Murguía-Sánchez.

Hierbas enredaderas, anuales; tallos 1-3 m, herbáceosvolubles o rara vez postrados. Hojas 1.5-11 × 1-10 cm, ovadas, enteras hasta3-7-lobadas, típicamente glabras, la base cordata, el ápice agudo o acuminado.Inflorescencias en monocasios y/o dicasios. Flores 1-5(-15); sépalos 4-7 mm,iguales, elípticos a oblongos, el ápice obtuso a agudo, apiculado, pubescentes a rara vez glabros; corola 1-2 cm,infundibuliforme, lila, glabra. Cápsulas 5-7 mm, redondeadas a cónicas, pubescentes; semillas 1-4, 2.5-3 mm, redondeadas,negras, lisas, glabras. Floración todo el año. Lugares alterados. T (Menéndez et al. 413, XAL); Ch (Martínez S. 16188, XAL); Y (Austin y Austin 5022, FAU); C (Villanueva 495, XAL); B (Gentle 4948, F); H (Blackmore y Chorley3776, MO). 0-300 m. (SE. Estados Unidos, México [Jalisco, Nayarit, Guerrero,Veracruz, Oaxaca], Mesoamérica, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Brasil, Argentina,Antillas.)

Ipomoea triloba es una maleza transportada, por lo menos en parte, en la zona tropicalcomo contaminante en arroz y otras semillas.

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    Herbs annual. Stems twining or prostrate, glabrous or nodes sparsely pubescent. Petiole 2.5-6 cm, glabrous, sometimes tuberculate; leaf blade broadly ovate to circular in outline, 2.5-7 X 2-6 cm, glabrous or sparsely pilose, base cordate, margin entire or coarsely dentate to deeply 3-lobed. Inflorescences dense umbellate cymes, 1- to several flowered; peduncle 2.5-5.5 cm, glabrous, angular, verruculose distally; bracts lanceolate-oblong, minute. Pedicel 5-7 mm, ± angular, glabrous, verruculose. Sepals slightly unequal, 5-8 mm, glabrous or sparsely pilose abaxially, margin fimbriate, apex obtuse or acute, mucronulate; outer 2 oblong, slightly shorter; inner 3 elliptic-oblong. Corolla pink or pale purple, funnelform, 1.5-2 cm, glabrous; limb obtusely 5-lobed. Stamens included. Pistil included; ovary pubescent. Stigma 2-lobed. Capsule ± globular, 5-6 mm, bristly pubescent, apiculate, 2-loculed, 4-valved. Seeds dark brown, ca. 3.5 mm, glabrous. 2n = 30.

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    A glabrous twiner and trailer with rather angular stems

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    Sepals long-ciliate; density of indumentum very variable

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    Flowers white, mauve, pink or pale red-purple 3/4-1 in. long.

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    • Ipomoea triloba grows as a glabrous (occasionally slightly pubescent), climbing, perennial vine to 8 meters in length, with individuals vines often twining together, arising from a tuber. Leaves variable in shape from ovate/oval to 3 or 5 lobed. Leaves arranged alternately to 8 centimeters long and to 7 centimeters wide with an entire or dentate margin, glabrous or pubescent, with an acute to obtuse leaf apex and a cordate leaf base.The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in umbel like cymes. The calyx has 5 unfused, green pubescent sepals. The funnelform corolla has 5 fused, pink petals that are slightly enlarged at the base. There are 5 functional stamens fused to the base of the corolla. The superior ovary with 3 locules and numerous ovules. The round fruit is a 4 seeded, pubescent capsule with glabrous or pubescent seeds.

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      Ipomoea triloba grows in Pine Woodlands, Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations – Forest/Shrubland and in Human Altered environments (abandoned fields, road sides).

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      Ipomoea triloba occurs throughout the Lucayan Archipelago, the Caribbean, and Central and northern South America. It has spread around the globe to Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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      Ipomoea triloba is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.

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      Distribution Map

      • Native distribution
      Found in
      • Southern America Brazil Acre
      • Amazonas
      • Rondônia
      • Roraima
      • Tocantins
      • Bahia
      • Ceará
      • Maranh
      • Paraába
      • Pernambuco
      • Piauá
      • Rio Grande do Norte
      • Paraní
      • Rio Grande do Sul
      • Santa Catarina
      • Espirito Santo
      • Minas Gerais
      • Rio de Janeiro
      • São Paulo
      • Brazilia Distrito Federal
      • Goiás
      • Mato Grosso
      • Mato Grosso do Sul

      Nationally Preferred Names

      Little BellEnglishBS

      Other Local Names


       Information From

      World Flora Online Data. 2017.
      • A CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
      Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
      Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve. 2020. Flora by Common Name and by Scientific Name. Bahamas National Trust. Available at www.levypreserve.org Accessed on (2020/07/09).
      • B Ethan Freid All rights Preserved
      • C Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve. All rights Preserved
      Plants Of the World Online Portal - FWTA
      • D The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
      Flora Mesoamericana
      Gerrit Davidse, Mario Sousa Sánchez, A. O. Chater, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Instituto de Biología, Missouri Botanical Garden, Natural History Museum (London, England) UNAM, 1994
      • E Missouri Botanical Garden
      Flora Of CHina @ efloras.org
      'Flora of China @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=2 [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
      • F Missouri Botanical Garden
      Brazilian Flora 2020 project - Projeto Flora do Brasil 2020
      Brazil Flora G (2014): Brazilian Flora 2020 project - Projeto Flora do Brasil 2020. v393.147. Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro. Dataset/Checklist. doi:10.15468/1mtkaw
      • G Group Brazil Flora, REFLORA Program
      World Flora Online consortium
      World Flora Online Data. 2018.
      • H CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).