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Ipomoea quamoclit (Pink Flower)

Family Name: Convolvulaceae
Full Sun Moderate Water Bird-Attracting Plant Butterfly-Attracting Plant Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Leaves Drought Tolerant Climber, Vine and Liana Creeper


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana, Creeper
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Irregular
Maximum Height 5 m to 6 m


Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Slender herbaceous vine, climbing by twining its flexible stems around physical supports. In the absence of a vertical support, plant creeps indefinitely, rooting at nodes.
Foliage Entire leaves 7cm long by 4cm wide, broadly elliptical to ovate in outline, but deeply incised where each linear lobe is only 1mm across, thus imparting a delicate lacy appearance to the foliage.
Flowers Pink, trumpet-shaped, with joined petals (corolla), as well as exserted stamens and stigma. Produced in small cymes of 1-3 flowers, which remain open during the day, and close by late afternoon or evening. Relatively free-blooming, visited by nectar-seeking ants, hummingbirds and butterflies.
Similar Similar to the species form Ipomoea quamoclit (Cypress Vine), which bears scarlet red flowers.
Cultivation Fast-growing. Provide well-drained soils. Fairly drought-tolerant when established. May be difficult to remove from bushes, so constrain the plant to a trellis if desired. Used as a perennial in the tropics, also cultivated as an annual in temperate regions. Easily propagated by seeds or stem cuttings.
Etymology Genus epithet 'Ipomoea' derived from Greek terms 'ips' and 'homoios' meaning 'resembling a worm', alluding to the twining habit of plants from this genus. Species epithet 'quamoclit' derived from Greek name 'kuamos' for dwarf kidney bean, a reference to the seedlings' distinctively-shaped cotyledons (seed leaves).

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Easy to Grow, Dry Soils / Drought, Fertile Loamy Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Trellis / Arbour / Pergola
Thematic Landscaping Butterfly Garden, Wildflower Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Butterfly Food Plant, Bird Attracting
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Butterfly, Moth), Insects (Ant, Beetle, Fly, Thrip, Wasp), Vertebrates (Bird))
Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic (Explosive Dehiscence)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast
Maintenance Requirements Moderate
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Thick
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Palmately Lobed

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Herbaceous
Root Type Underground (Fibrous Root)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Pink
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Trumpet-shaped
Inflorescence Type Cyme
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Brown
Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type 1 Dehiscent Dry Fruit
Fruit Type 2 Capsule

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Master ID 31793
Species ID 6193
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Species record last updated on: 19 April 2022.