Ipomoea triloba (Littlebell)

800px-975a9015-copyIpomoea triloba (Littlebell) Aka Bejuqillo de Puerco, Aiea morning glory, Little bell, Pink convolvulus, Pitted morning glory, Potato vine, or Three-lobed morning glory, is native to the tropical Americas, but it is widespread in warm areas of the world, where it is an introduced species. It belongs to the Convolvulaceae family of morning glories.Ipomoea trilobaIpomoea triloba (Littlebell) is the smallest Ipomoea (morning glory) existing in P.R.. Its Spanish popular name “Bejuqillo de Puerco” means “hog’s small vine”, referring how the frontal shape of the flower resembles a pig’s nose.
Ipomoea triloba (Littlebell)Ipomoea triloba is an annual plant with stems that can be 1 – 3 metres long. The stems scramble over the ground or twine into other plants for support.ipomoeaIt is a fast-growing, vining, annual herb producing long, thin stems with ivy-like, petioled, heart-shaped leaves 3 to 6 centimeters long.
Ipomoea triloba“Ipomoea” in Latin means  “worm-like”, referring to its coiled flower bud. “Triloba” refers to its three-lobed leaves, although its leaves may sometimes, but not always, have three lobes. The vines produce tubular bell-shaped flowers, each about two centimeters long. They can be variable in color, in shades of pink, red or lavender, with or without white markings.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipomoea_triloba
http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=IPTR2
http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Ipomoea+triloba

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24 thoughts on “Ipomoea triloba (Littlebell)

  1. This is a beauty. It reminds me of some of our morning glories. One, Convolvulus equitans is known as bindweed, and believe me, it goes to town. We have a purple bindweed that was just everywhere this year: along railroad tracks, on telephone poles, creeping across pastures. They certainly are enthusiastic growers!

    But they’re pretty, too, and I can’t help but admire them. If I had to keep them under control, I might not be so kindly disposed!

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    • Thanks Linda, I almost missed it, as there are so many purple wildflowers and vines that one has to look hard to notice the differences. This one is considered an invader in the state of FL., maybe in your state too.

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      • I looked at the USDA map, and it shows it in Florida and a couple of other states as “introduced,” but it doesn’t appear in Texas at all. I’m not sure if it’s too dry here, or not warm enough. How great that you found it!

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  2. María, has de saber que tengo una especial debilidad por las Ipomeas. Cada verano las fotografío, una y mil veces; les encanta enredarse en el cuerpo de las cañas que bordean los canales y los humedales… Tus fotos son preciosas. Agradezco que hayas puesto la mano al lado de la flor para tener conciencia de su tamaño, pues la que yo fotografío es una especie más grande aunque del mismo color.
    Un abrazo.

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