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Ipomoea alba
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Protection status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Logical classificationedit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Ipomoea
Species: I. alba
Binomial name
Ipomoea alba
Ipomoea alba, once in a while called the tropical white morning-magnificence or moonflower or moon plant, is a types of night-blossoming morning brilliance, local to tropical and subtropical areas of North and South America, from Argentina to northern Mexico, Florida[2] and the West Indies.[3] Though previously named family Calonyction, species aculeatum, it is currently appropriately appointed to sort Ipomoea, subgenus Quamoclit, segment Calonyction.[4]

1 Description
2 Historical use
3 Cultivation
4 References
It is a perpetual, herbaceous liana developing to a stature of 5-30 m tall with twining stems. The leaves are whole or three-lobed, 5-15 cm long, with a 5-20 cm long stem. The blossoms are fragrant, white or pink, and huge, 8-14 cm breadth. The blossoms open rapidly in the evening and last as the night progressed, staying open until contacted by the morning dew. On cloudy days, the blooms might stay open for longer. The blossoms additionally will more often than not stay open longer during cool temperatures – which may likewise make the sections tangle or tear as they open.

The name moonflower gets from their sprouting in the evening and their being round in shape like a full moon.

Chronicled use

A couple of moonflowers recently sprouted

Ipomoea alba – MHNT
The Mesoamerican civilizations utilized the Ipomoea alba morning brilliance to change over the plastic from the Castilla elastica tree to create ricocheting elastic balls. The sulfur in toward the beginning of today brilliance served to cross-connect the elastic, a cycle originating before Charles Goodyear’s disclosure of vulcanization by something like 3,000 years.[5]

The species is generally developed as a decorative plant for its blossoms. In regions excessively cold for winter endurance, it very well may be developed as a yearly plant. Since it is of tropical beginning, it blossoms best under a mid year brief day photoperiod. However it very well may be effectively blossomed in the north, its blooming is hindered by unnecessarily long mid year days. Yet again subsequently, it regularly doesn’t set buds and blossom until early fall when sunlight length is close to 12 hours. Engendering is normally by seed. The seed takes after a little, earthy nut, and ought to be scratched with a document and afterward splashed for the time being prior to planting. In certain areas, it is an obtrusive species which can bring on some issues in horticultural settings.


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^ Canteiro, C. (2021). “Ipomoea alba”. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T126421388A158506713. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-1.RLTS.T126421388A158506713.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
^ And Bly “Ipomoea alba”. Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
^ Liogier, A.H.; Liogier, H.A.; Martorell, L.F. (2000). Flora of Puerto Rico and Adjacent Islands: A Systematic Synopsis. Ed. de la Universidad. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-8477-0369-2. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
^ “Ipomoea alba”. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 17 December 2017.
^ “Rubber processed in ancient Mesoamerica, MIT researchers find”. MIT News. Retrieved 2017-12-08.