by Stephen Mifsud
   24 Jun 2024      ()
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Ipomoea cairica   (Cairo morning glory)

Ipomoea cairica  (CONVOLVULACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Dec-2007 (taxon update: Aug-2021)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Ipomoea cairica - datasheet created on Dec-2007. Retrieved from on 24-Jun-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Ipomoea cairica(L.) Sweet
Published in Hort. Brit.: 287. (1827)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Ipomoea palmata Forssk.
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) :

Cairo morning glory, Mile-a-minute Vine, Messina creeper

Maltese name(s) :

Kampanella tal-Eġittu

Status for Malta :

Naturalised Alien. Species that was introduced in Malta after year 1492 (Columbus' discovery of the New World) and spreads and integrates to form established, non-invasive populations. Species may become become invasive if it widespreads rapidly.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Macro-Phanerophyte ( high trees usually over 10 m high )
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 :

October – July

Colour of Flowers:

Violet or Blue


Toxic, and may lead to irreversible damage or death if consumed in large quantities

Name Derivation :

Ipomoea: Resembling a large worm for the twining stems climbing on trees and walls. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Cannot be planted in the wild (rural areas) since the species may be invasive (see ERA guidelines)

Remarks :

Distinct from other Morning glory vines in Malta from its three to five lobed leaves.

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Naturalized in hedges, on walls and along roadsides
Preferred habitat in Malta: Cultivated climber sometimes escaping in the wild from dumped material or dispersal of seeds at field margins, rubble walls or vegetated areas near agricultural land.
Botanical Description: Perennial climbers. Roots tuberous. The stems twining, tuberculate or smooth. Leaves ovate to orbicular in outline, palmately cut to the base into 5 lobes, these lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, 3-10 cm long, pseudostipules present. Flowers of 1-to few-flowered cymes. Sepals ovate, obtuse to acute, mucronulate, 4-6.5 mm long. Corolla purple or white with a pinkish or purplish base inside the tube, 5-6 cm long. Fruit capsular, subglo-bose, 10-12 mm long. Seeds densely short-tomentose or with long trichomes on the margins.
Distributional range: S. Europe
Native region outside Europe: Tropical Africa and Asia

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Introduced in  the Azores, the Balaeric Islands, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Portugal, Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Eg Jo Si(S) [nCa Ca(C F G P T) nEg aLe aLS aNo nSi(M)]

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Species Images (12 images)
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-0.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-1.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-2.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-3.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-4.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-5.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-6.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-7.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-8.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-9.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-10.
   Ipomoea cairica   -   Image Code: IPMCA-11.

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