Ipomoea pes-tigridis L.


Last updated: 30 June 2015

Scientific Name

Ipomoea pes-tigridis L.


Convolvulus pes-tigridis (L.) Spreng., Ipomoea capitellata Choisy, Ipomoea hepaticifolia L. [1]

Vernacular Name

English Tiger's footprint, morning glory, tiger’s foot morning glory [2][3]
India Bilaiguri, bowrveil, langulilata, panchpatri, wagh-nakhi [3]
China Hu zhang teng [3]
Indonesia Garnet (Javanese); samaka furu (Ter­nate); maka-maka (Tidore) [2][3]
Philippines Bangbangau-ng-buduan, malasandia, ran-grangau, rangrangau ang abuduan, salasandia [3]
Thailand Khayum teenmaa (Northern); thao saai thong loi (Central); phao-Ia buu-Iuu (Peninsu­lar) [2][3]
Vietnam B[if]m ch[aa]n c[oj]p [2][3]
Sri Lanka Divi pahauru [3]

Geographical Distributions

Ipomoea pes-tigridis is distributed from tropical Africa, Mascarene Islands, to continental tropical Asia and throughout Malaysia. [2]

I. pes-tigridis occurs in grasslands, waste places, fields, thickets, occasionally in teak forests, also in sandy soils near beaches, and up to 1300 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

I. pes-tigridis is comes from the family Convolvulaceae. It is a slender, herbaceous annual, twining or sometimes prostrate twig, 0.5-3 m long, and patently hairy with rigid hairs. [2]

The leaves are orbic­ular or transversely elliptical in outline, and measure 3-7.5 cm x 2.5-10 cm. They are palmately divided nearly to the base with (3-)5-7(-9) segments. The segment is oblong to el­liptical-oblong, and attenuate towards both ends. The peti­ole is 1.5-10 cm long. [2]

The flowers are in a few-flowered head, with 2-18 cm long peduncle, linear to oblong bracts and 1-3 cm long. The sepals are slightly unequal, 7-12 mm long and lance-shaped while the petal is funnel-shaped, 3-4 cm long, where the midpetaline bands are sparsely hairy, white, with unequal filaments, hairless and with hairless ovary. [2]

The cap­sule is ovoid, 8 mm long, 1-celled and 4-valved. [2]

There are 4 seeds which are 4 mm long and sparsely grey-tomentose. [2]


I. pes-tigridis can be found flowering throughout the year when suffi­cient water is available. [2]

Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of I. pes-tigridis. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Ipomoea pes-tigridis L. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 June 30]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/tro-8500057
  2. Dibiyantoro ALH, Schmelzer GH. Ipomoea pes-tigridis L. In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 2001; p. 319
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume III E-L. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 590-591.