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Family: CONVOLVULACEAE 

 Ipomoea digitata
 

Photo by: Soumen Aditya. This is I. d. var digitata. Collected 83 kilometres SW of Calcutta.

  
Author:  Carl Linnaeus 1759
Family:  Convolvulaceae
Habitat:  Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, India
Soil:  Peat
Water:  Medium to Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  10 centimetres or more
Height:  4 meters
Flower:  Pink to Red
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Alligator Yam, Giant Potato, Milky Yam, Vidari-kanda, Bilai-kand, Palmudukan kizhangu, Bhumikusmanda, Balaikand
Synonyms:  Ipomoea paniculata var. digitata Kuntze 1891. Quamoclit digitata (L.) G. Don 1838. Convolvulus paniculatus (Burm. f.) Kuntze 1891. Ipomoea paniculata (L.) R. Br. 1810. Ipomoea mauritiana Jacquin 1797

Photo by: Soumen Aditya. This is I. d. var digitata.

   This member of the Convolvulaceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1759. It is found in India (Western Bengal State), Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and on Mauritius, growing in forests. It prefers peat with quite some water and not that much sun. The tuberous roots will grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the vines to four meters in length. The flowers vary from pink to red. The plant can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings, both of which form a caudex.

It seems like it is the same plant as some of the Ipomoeas from Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, which have been described later under other names.

From Specks, who sell it under the name Ipomoea mauritiana Jacquin 1797