Ipomoea triloba L.

Last updated: 26 June 2015

Scientific Name

Ipomoea triloba L.


Batatas triloba (L.) Choisy, Convolvulus heterophyllus Sessé & Moc., Convolvulus trilobus (L.) Desr., Ipomoea blancoi Choisy, Ipomoea eustachiana Jacq., Ipomoea galapagensis Andersson. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Gegasing, kangkong bulu [2][3]
English Three-lobed morning glory, aiea morning glory, littlebell, morning glory, pink convolvulus, potato vie [2][3]
Thailand Yaa dok khon (North-eastern) [2][3]
Philippines Aurora (Sp, Tagalog); bang-ba-ngao (Iloko); muti-muti (Cebu Bisaya) [2][3]
Vietnam b[if]m bat h[uf]y [2][3]
Japan Hoshi-asagao [3]

Geographical Distributions

Ipomea triloba is a native of tropical America, now a pantropical weed, also in Malesia. [2]

I. triloba occurs in grassland, thickets, hedges, waste places, savanna forests, along roadsides, and occasionally on sandy beaches, from sea-level up to 750 m altitude. It can be found flowering throughout the year. [2]

Botanical Description

I. triloba is a member of the Convolvulaceae family. It is an annual herb where its stems are twining or sometimes prostrate, with a size measure about 1—3 m long, hairless or sparsely hairy. [2]

The leaves are broadly ovate to orbicular in outline, measuring about 2.5-8 cm x 2-7 cm, cordate base while the basal lobes are rounded or angular to lobed. The apex is rounded, coarsely dentate to more or less deeply 3-lobed margins, hairless or sparsely hairy. The petiole is measure about 3-10(-18) cm long and slender. [2]

The flowers are solitary or in a few-flowered cyme. The peduncle is measure 1-10 cm long and with minute bracts. The pedicel is measuring 2.5-8 mm long. The sepals are slightly unequal, with a size of measure 7-8 mm long, narrowly oblong and fimbriate margins. The petal is funnel-shaped, with a size of measure 18-20 mm long, pink or pale red-purple in colour, sometimes with darker centre, hairy filaments at the base and with hairy ovary. [2]

The capsule is slightly globular, with a size measure 5-6 mm long, shortly mucronulate and bristly hairy. There are 4 or less seeds, which are smooth and with a size of measure 3.5 mm long. [2]


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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of I. triloba. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Ipomoea triloba L. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 June 26]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/tro-8500753
  2. Dibiyantoro ALH, Schmelzer GH. Ipomoea triloba 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. 320
  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. 593-594.