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Species Ipomoea batatas (L.) Poir. in Lam
PlaceOfPublication Encyl. Meth. 6: 14. 1804.
Synonym Convolvulus batatas L., Sp. P1. 154. 1753. TYPE: Linn herb. (LINN 218.12, not seen, micro- fiche). Ipomoea triloba auct. non L. Ipomoea davidsoniae Standl., Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 22: 98. 1940. TYPE: Panama, Davidson 595 (F, holotype; MO, isotype). Ipomoea mucronata Schery in Woods. & Schery, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 28: 463. 1941. TYPE: Panama, Woodson & Schery 283 (MO, lectotype).
Description Vines; stems usually somewhat succulent but sometimes slender and herba- ceous; perennial, glabrous or pubescent. Leaves variable, from cordate to ovate, entire, dentate or often deeply lobed, 5-10 cm long, glabrous or rarely pubescent. Flowers absent in some varieties, frequent in others, in few-flowered cymose inflorescences; sepals oblong, the outer sepals acuminate and cuspidate, (8-)10- 15 mm long, mostly pubescent or ciliate; corolla with a lavender to purple- lavender limb and darker throat, white in some varieties, 4-7 cm long. Fruits uncommonly formed, ovoid, glabrous; seeds rotund, glabrous.
Habit Vines
Note Ipomoea batatas flowers from October to July. It is widely used as food and is pantropical through introductions by man. Standley and other students of the Central American flora have confused the seed-grown plants of this species with others. The concept in virtually all of the American floras and monographs of the Convolvulaceae recognizes only the cultivated varieties of I. batatas.
Common Camote
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Gamboa Dock, Dwyer 6559 (MO). Gatun Station, Hayes 586 (NY). Along Las Cruces Trail, Hunter & Allen 677, 683, 687, 708 (all MO). Near Madden Dam, Lewis et al. 43 (MO). Juan Mina, Piper 5685 (US). Between Corozal and Ancon, Pittier 2177 (US). N. of Gamnboa, Robyns 65-43 (MO). Balboa, Standley 25632, 25638, 25639 (all US). Gamboa, Standley 28343, 28439, 28455 (all US). Near E. Paraiso, Standley 29935 (US). Balboa, Standley 30895 (US). Darien Station, Standley 31541, 31608 (both US). Obispo, Standley 31666, 31733 (both US). CHIRIQUi: Near Bambito, Croat 10617 (MO). Roadside between Cerro Punta and Bajo Grande, Croat & Porter 16004 (MO). Bajo Mono, Davidson 595 (F, MO). Near Boquete, Lewis et al. 386 (MO). Around El Boquete, Pittier 2909 (F, US). Near Camiseta, Terry 1368 (F, MO). Near Tucuti, Terry & Terry 1410 (F, MO). Finca Lerida to Penia Blanca, Woodson & Schery 283, 323 (both MO). COCLE: Near El Valle, Croat 13277 (MO); Duke 12145 (MO). Cerro Pilon, Lallathin 5041 (MO). El Valle de Anton, Lewis et al. 2530 (MO). Boca del Toabre, Lewis et al. 5485 (MO). Foot of Cerro Pilon, Porter et al. 4602 (MO). COLON: Between France Field and Catival, Standley 30361 (US). DARIEN: Between Pinogana and Yavisa, Allen 274 (F, MO). Above Rio Venado, Duke 9264 (MO). Rio Pinas, Duke 10557 (MO). Along Sambu' River, Pittier 5547 (US). PANAMA: Cerro Azul, Croat 13020 (MO). Tocumen, Dwyer 4883 (MO). Beyond Goofy Lake, Dressler 572 (MO). Chimain, Lewis et al. 3312 (MO). Near Cerro Jefe, Lewis & Dressler 7549 (MO). Near Old Panama, Bro. Paul 208 (US). Rio Tocumen, Standley 29458 (US). Juan Diaz, Standley 30483 (US). Between Las Sabanas and Matias Hernandez, Standley 31884 (US). SAN BLAS: Outskirts of Puerto Obaldia, Gentry 1566 (MO).
 
 
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