Three Lobed Morning Glory
Ipomoea cordatotriloba - Dennstaedt
Convulvulaceae (Morning Glory) Family
The plant is a small, herbaceous twining perennial vine from a branched root. It forms tangled masses over grasses or low shrubs (not high-climbing). A broken stem exudes milky sap. Its preferred habitat is salt water marshes, brackish ponds, sea walls, edge of coastal forests, margin of sloughs, and roadsides. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.
The leaves are broadly ovate to orbicular in outline, entire, coarsely dentate to more or less deeply 3-lobed, but not always. The center lobe may be pointed; base broadly cordate; 4 to 11 cm long; often nearly as wide; petiole slender, 3 to 10 cm, glabrous or sometimes minutely tuberculate heart-shaped, rough and hairy, tapering to a long point; smooth or hairy stems. Leaves are variable in form and may appear to be sagittate (arrowhead-shaped leaves with the lobes pointing downward). Most leaves will be 3-lobed, 3/4 to 1-3/4 inches long; longer than wide. The stems are somewhat angled.
The flowers are small, approximately 1 inch broad. The corolla is bell-shaped, 5-lobes with each lobe having a sharp point or claw at the linear segment. The color is dark pink with a purple throat. The stigmas are prominently displayed in white.
Fruit is a capsule.