Distimake tuberosus

Distimake tuberosus (L.) A. R. Simões & Staples

Common Names: Spanish Arbor Vine, Yellow Morning Glory, Wood Rose

Family: Convolvulaceae

Habit: Distimake tuberosus grows as a climbing liana to 10 m in length. The leaves are arranged alternately and to 12 cm in length. The leaf blade is deeply palmately 7-lobed each with an entire margin and acuminate apex.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers solitary or in few flowered cymes.  The calyx has 5 unfused oblong sepals that become woody with age.  The corolla has 5 fused, funnelform, yellow petals. There are 5 stamens fused to the throat of the corolla tube.  The ovary is superior with 2 locules and numerous seeds.  The fruit is a capsule subtended by the woody sepals at maturity.

Habitat: Distimake tuberosus grows in Human Altered environments (roadsides, abandoned fields, waste areas).

Distribution: Distimake tuberosus is NOT native to the Lucayan Archipelago.  It is native to tropical Central and South America but occurs as a pan sub- and tropical weed.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage Distimake tuberosus is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.