Red Morning Glory - Redstar - Mexican Morning Glory
Ipomoea hederifolia - Linnaeus
Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory) Family
Plant is a prostrate or climbing, smooth annual. Preferred habitat is fence rows, roadsides and waste sites. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are variable, egg-shaped or heart-shaped, no lobes and no teeth to slightly toothed, forming an angle to the left, tapering and pinched.
The flowers are produced solitary or in 2-3 flowered cymes from the leaf axils. The peduncle is shorter than the petiole of the subtending leaf and is pubescent with reflexed hairs. The calyx has 5 linear-lanceolate lobes that are longer than the tube and curl outwards at their tips. The calyx tube is densely pubescent with long white hairs. The corolla is campanulate, sky blue in color with a white throat. The flowers open at night and close in the morning. Flowers are usually solitary but may be several in the leaf axil. Calyx is five-lobed; corolla is funnel shaped, red; often whitish to yellow in the throat.
Fruit is a capsule.