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Ipomoea pes-tigridis


Ipomoea pes-tigridis L.

Family Name: Convolvulaceae
Common Name: Tiger's Footprint, Gamet, 虎掌藤


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana
Lifespan (in Singapore) Annual
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kashmir, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands. 
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An annual herbaceous vine, it has a twining growth form. The surface of the plant is covered in a layer of white hairs. 
Foliage The leaves are arranged alternately along the stem. The leaf blade is palmately lobed. The leaf lobes are elliptic to oblong in shape and are tapered at both ends.
Flowers The flowers are white and funnel-shaped. The corolla has mid-petaline bands covered sparsely with hairs. 
Ethnobotanical Uses Medicinal ( The mashed leaves are used in Java, the Philippines and India and are applied on sores, boils and pimples. )
[Others]: The plant is considered as a good source of fodder in Africa. 

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Thematic Landscaping Naturalistic Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) White
Individual Flower Shape Funnelform / Funnel-shaped

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Master ID 32067
Species ID 6472
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 10 August 2022.