Ipomoea cairica, Ipomoea palmata,
Cairo- or coast morning glory, Palmate Morning Glory,
Hebrew: לפופית כפנית, Arabic: شب النهار

Scientific name:  Ipomoea cairica (L.) Sweet
Scientific name:  Ipomoea palmata Forssk.
Common name:   Cairo- or coast morning glory, Palmate Morning Glory
Hebrew name:   לפופית כפנית
Arabic name:  شب النهار
Family:  Convolvulaceae, חבלבליים

Flora, Israel, Wildflowers

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  Twining, trailing; hairless
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, pinnate
Inflorescence:  Axillary, 1–3 flowered
Flowers:  Violet funnel-shaped joined petals 3.5–6 cm long, 6–8 cm wide, with darker violet hairless mid-petal bands, throat usually darker
Fruits / pods:   Capsule almost globe-shaped, 9–12 mm wide; seeds dark brown-black, 5–6 mm long, flattened ovoid, hairy with pale brown long hairs on outer ridges
Flowering Period:  Summer
Habitat:   Disturbed habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Tropical
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Flowers in Israel (Israel wildflowers and native plants


Derivation of the botanical name:
Ipomoea, Greek ips, a worm, bind-weed; homoios, similar to; referring to the twining habit of the plant's growth.
cairica, from Cairo, Egypt.
palmata, lobed like a hand; palmate.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Sweet is used to indicate Robert Sweet (1783 – 1835), an English botanist, horticulturist and ornithologist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Forssk. is used to indicate Peter Forsskål (1732 – 1763), a Swedish explorer, orientalist and naturalist.

Ipomoea cairica, Ipomoea palmata, Cairo- or coast morning glory, Palmate Morning Glory, לפופית כפנית
Location, Jaffa, Gan Hapisga, Summit Garden


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Location, Jaffa, Gan Hapisga, Summit Garden