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Convolvulus pentapetaloides   (Two-coloured bindweed)

Convolvulus pentapetaloides  (CONVOLVULACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Dec-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Convolvulus pentapetaloides - datasheet created on Dec-2007. Retrieved from on 24-Jun-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Convolvulus pentapetaloidesL.
Published in Syst. Nat. ed. 12, 3: 229 (1768)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Convolvulus arcuatus C. Presl
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) :

Two-coloured bindweed, Grassy bindweed

Maltese name(s) :

Leblieb żgħir

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]: THEROPHYTE ( annual plants, herbaceous )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

March – May

Colour of Flowers:



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 )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Dry, open habitats
Preferred habitat in Malta: Steppe and exposed pockets in phryganae and low garigue.
Botanical Description: Herbaceous annual or short-lived perennial up to 30 cm. Leaves sessile, mostly linear to oblanceolate. Peduncle and pedicel together several times as long as calyx, 1-flowered. Sepals elliptic-ovate, glabrous, obtuse and mucronate with slightly scarious margins. Corolla 7-10 mm, usually blue distally and yellow proximally. Capsule glabrous.
Distributional range: Mediterranean region, S.E. Portugal

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
the Balaeric Islands, Greece, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), Doubtful in ex-Jugoslavia, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta, Turkey (European part)
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Ab(A) AE(G) Bl(M) Cy Gr Hs(S) Ir It Jo Ju Le Li Lu Ma Rf(CS) Sa Si(M S) Sy Tu(A E)

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

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