Ipomoea corymbosa

Ipomoea corymbosa (L.) Roth

Common Names: Christmas Vine

Family: Convolvulaceae

Habit: Ipomoea corymbosa grows as a glabrous liana to 8 m in height. Leaves arranged alternately, cordate to ovate, to 15 cm in length, with an entire margin, an acuminate/mucronate leaf apex and a cordate leaf base.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in cymes/panicles.  The calyx has 5 unfused, green sepals. The salverform corolla has 5 fused, white with yellow center 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 many seeded, pubescent capsule.

Habitat: Ipomoea corymbosa grows in Human Altered environments (yards and gardens).

Distribution: Ipomoea corymbosa is NOT native to the Lucayan Archipelago. It is native to Central and South America.  It has been spread throughout the world as an ornamental species.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic Usage: Ipomoea corymbosa is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.

It is grown as an ornamental.