Ipomoea mauritiana

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Ipomoea mauritiana
Ipomoea mauritiana Johannes Scharf.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Ipomoea
I. mauritiana
Binomial name
Ipomoea mauritiana

Convolvulus paniculatus
Ipomoea digitata
Ipomoea eriosperma
Ipomoea paniculata

Ipomoea mauritiana, the giant potato, is a type of morning glory plant. Like the sweet potato, it belongs to the genus Ipomoea. It grows as a vine.

Its origins are uncertain, but it has been recorded in West Africa, including in Gambia[1] and the riparian forests of Benin,[2] as well as Australia's Northern Territory. It is naturalised in many parts of the world, including Taiwan.[3]

Specimens have been collected or observations taken in Australia, Belize, Benin, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, DRC, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Honduras, Indonesia, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Micronesia, Federated States of Myanmar, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo and Venezuela.[4]


  1. ^ C. Emms and Dr L.K. Barnett (January 2006). "Gambian Biodiversity: A Provisional Checklist of all Species Recorded within The Gambia, West Africa Part Three: Fungi and Plants" (PDF). University of Warwick. p. 115. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 October 2007.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Armand Kuyema Natta. "Ecological assessment of riparian forests in Benin: Phytodiversity, phytosociology, and spatial distribution of tree species (thesis)" (PDF). Wageningen University. p. 201. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Flora of Taiwan". National Taiwan University. p. 366. Archived from the original (image) on 11 March 2007.
  4. ^ [1] Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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