Koali ‘awa (Ipomoea indica)

Ipomoea indica is one of two morning-glory natives to Kure Atoll. It is the more common of the two and is abundant around camp. The leaves are large, broadly ovate, and have a pointed tip. The flowers are varying shades of purple.

Description: Vines; stems twining, herbaceous to somewhat woody near the base, often more than 5 m long, many-branched, appressed pubescent to glabrate. Leaf blades membranous, broadly ovate, 5-9 cm long, densely pubescent, especially on lower surface, or glabrate or completely glabrous, 3-lobed or entire, apex acuminate to obtuse, base cordate, petioles about as long as blades. Flowers 1 to few in cymes, these usually silky white pubescent, pedicels ca. 10 mm long; sepals herbaceous, lanceolate to ovate, 14-23 mm long, appressed pubescent to glabrate, apex long-acuminate to acuminate; corolla blue or purple, rarely white, funnelform, 5-7 cm long, the limb 6-8 cm in diameter. Capsules brown, often 4-angled, globose or somewhat flattened apically, up to 1 cm in diameter, glabrous. Seeds (1-) 4, tan to dark brown, rounded, 4-5 mm long, glabrous (Wagner et al., 1999; pp. 556-557).

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