Ipomoea stolonifera, Ipomoea imperati,
Beach morning glory,
Hebrew: לפופית החוף, Arabic: الأثمان

Scientific name:  Ipomoea imperati (Vahl) Griseb.
Synonym name:  Ipomoea stolonifera (Cyr.) J.F.Gmelin
Common name:  Beach morning glory
Hebrew name:  לפופית החוף
Arabic name:  الأثمان
Family:  Convolvulaceae, חבלבליים

Ipomoea stolonifera,Ipomoea imperati, Beach morning glory, לפופית החוף

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Succulence:  Leaf succulent
Stems:  10-15cm high;spread along the ground to a distance of 22m; trail over beach-head sand-dunes and serves as a sand-binder
Leaves:  Alternate, ovate-cordate, entire; 5 lobes, star shape; succulent
Inflorescence:  Flowers solitary, axillary
Flowers:  5-lobed calyx; corolla funnel-shaped, white with a yellow center
Fruits / pods:  Capsule, small, round; 4 seeds, velvety, dark brown
Flowering Period:  May, June, July, August, September, October
Habitat:  Mediterranean strand
Distribution:  The Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Summer shedding:  Perennating

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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.
imperati , named for Ferrante Imperato (1550 - 1625), an apothecary of Naples.
stolonifera, having stolons or rooting runners.
The Hebrew name: לפופית, lefufit, formed from לפוף, lefuf (=wrapping, binding) with suffix -it.
  • The standard author abbreviation Vahl is used to indicate Martin Vahl (1749 – 1804), a Danish-Norwegian botanist and zoologist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Griseb. is used to indicate August Heinrich Rudolf Grisebach (1814 – 1879), a German botanist and phytogeographer.
  • The standard author abbreviation Cyr. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation J.F.Gmelin is used to indicate ohann Friedrich Gmelin (1748 – 1804),a German naturalist, botanist and entomologist.

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