Small White Morning Glory
(White Star - Pitted Morning Glory - Carolina Morning Glory)
Ipomoea lacunosa - Linnaeus
Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory) Family

    


Small White Morning Glory is a native annual herbaceous twining vine in the Morning Glory family (Convolvulaceae)
. It is found throughout Alabama. The Small White occurs along rivers and streams, in cultivated fields, on roadsides, and in disturbed habitats. It is a twining annual vine with a tap root. The vines can grow up to 7 feet in length. The stems are green or purplish in color and smooth slightly pubescent with scattered hairs.

The leaves are alternate, petiolate, cordate or 3-lobed, with entire margins. The leaves often have a narrow purple margin.

The flowers are solitary or in 3-5 flowered cymes from the axils of the leaves. The individual flowers have 5 ovate to lanceolate sepals. The sepals are thick, green in color, with hairs along their margins. The corolla is bell shaped with 5 shallow lobes. The flower is small (about 1 inch in total length), and white in color. Small White Morning Glory is a larval host plant for the Common Plume Moth (Emmelina monodictyla). Occasional plants with lavender colored flowers represent hybrids with Tie Vine (Ipomoea cordatotriloba Dennstaedt).

Fruit is a globose capsule that is pubescent on its top.

The hybrid (Ipomoea ×leucantha Jacquin) is common on some roadsides and other disturbed areas where both parents grow.

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