Ipomoea quamoclit L.

Family: Convolvulaceae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)

Quamoclit vulgaris Choisy, Q. quamoclit (L.) Britt.

Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

cypressvine morningglory

Primary Disseminule Type


Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a dehiscent (valvular) capsule, ovoid, 6–9 mm long x up to 10 mm wide, containing a few seeds.

Seed shaped like a wedge from an egg (ovate to lanceolate when viewed from the front, back or side, curved on dorsal side and angled to form 2–3 faces on ventral side, cross-section-elliptical to polygonal), 5–6 mm long x 2–3 mm wide. Surface dull, rough (appearing granular or finely pitted under magnification), patterned with tufts of minute hairs, light brown to blackish-brown.

Hilum elliptic, 0.4–0.6 mm long x 0.7–0.9 mm wide, sunken, darker than testa (when testa is light brown), surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped ridge, hairy inside and densely so along top of ridge.

Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)