Cutleaf Morning Glory
Merremia dissecta
Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory) Family

Plant is a twining, herbaceous, hairy perennial with stems several feet long. Its preferred habitat is moist areas or dry slopes and pine woods as well as directly at seashore on back dunes. Distribution is infrequent throughout the Escambia region.

The leaf blades are alternate on the stem; long leaf stalks; deeply cut (dissected) and of variable size; usually broader than long, rough to the touch, with stiff hairs beneath and along the leaf stalk. In outline the leaf is sub-orbicular (egg-shaped) and attached to the stem at the widest end. The base is roughly heart-shaped with five to seven lobes. The apex of its central lobe tapers to the tip with sides less than equal; constricted near its junction with the other lobes.

The flowers are in the leaf axil. The calyx is five-lobed; the corolla is funnel-shaped; white with a pale purple throat. Flowers occur in the summer and autumn.

Fruit is a smooth capsule with four to five chambers, surrounded by lance-like sepals that split at maturity.

The plant is also known as Alamo Vine and Noyau Vine. The plant is a native of Tropical America. Another synonym by which it may be known is Ipomoea dissecta.

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