Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bigroot Morning-glory (Ipomoea pandurata)

Ipomoea pandurata is known by the common name Bigroot Morning-glory, Wild Potato Vine, Manroot, Man-of-the-earth, or Wild Sweet Potato. It is one of several Ipomoea species that grow widely in this area and is the first to bloom. At Fort Yargo State Park, it blooms at several places along the trail from the campground to the dam (segment 6). I don’t have a lot of detailed photographs of this flower since it is so easy to identify.

Growing in the field at home. They are growing over seed heads of Lyreleaf Sage (Salvia lyrata).

Growing on the bank above the lake at Fort Yargo State Park. These are best viewed from the water.

The leaves.

Close up of the flowers

Ipomoea pandurata (Man of the earth) is native to the United States. It grows in most states in the eastern United States and in Ontario, Canada.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Ipomoea pandurata (Man of the earth)

- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Ipomoea pandurata

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Bigroot Morning-glory (Ipomoea pandurata)

- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Ipomoea pandurata (Wild Potato Vine, Manroot, Man-of-the-earth, Wild Sweet Potato)

- Missouri Plants: Ipomoea pandurata

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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