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Convolvulus oleifolius   (Pink bindweed)

Convolvulus oleifolius  (CONVOLVULACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Dec-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Convolvulus oleifolius - datasheet created on Dec-2007. Retrieved from on 03-Mar-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Convolvulus oleifoliusDesr.
Published in Encycl. Méth. Bot. 3: 552 (1792)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Convolvulus linearis Curtis
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Convolvulaceae Juss. (The BindWeed Family)
24 species from the Convolvulaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Pink bindweed, Olive-leaved bindweed

Maltese name(s) :

Leblieb tal-irdum, Leblieb tal-blat

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: CHAMEOPHYTE ( dwarf or small woody shrubs )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Protected by law: Schedule III of [S.L. 549.44] (Conservation requires the designation of SAC)

Red List (1989) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

Flowering Time :

January – October

Colour of Flowers:

Pink or White


Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

Convolvulus: from the Latin word convolvere, meaning to twine around, referring to the twining habit of the stem of most plants in this genus. (Latin origin )
oleifolius: having leaves similar to those of the olive tree. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Encouraged to be planted in the wild that is in rural areas including ODZ.

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Rocky places near the sea, calcicole
Preferred habitat in Malta: Rocky ground near the sea, sometimes up to 1 km inland
Botanical Description: Densely sericeous, erect or spreading, branched perennial 10-50 cm, partly woody in the lower parts. Leaves filiform to linear, attenuate at base, herbaceous and scarcely widened at the extreme base. Flowers in terminal, diffuse, heads; peduncles absent or very short, usually hidden. Sepals lanceolate to broadly ovate, cuspidate or acuminate. Corolla 15-25 mm, usually pink or whitish. Capsule shorter than calyx when ripe, pubescent.
Distributional range: S. Greece and Aegean region and some central mediterranean islands.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Crete, Greece, Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
? AE(G) Al Cr Cy Eg Gr Ir Li LS Si(M) Sn Tu(A)

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Species Images (14 images)
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-0.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-1.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-2.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-3.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-4.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-5.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-6.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-7.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-8.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-9.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-10.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-11.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-12.
   Convolvulus oleifolius   -   Image Code: CNVOL-13.

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