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Deccan Morning Glory   
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Deccan Morning Glory
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Deccan Morning Glory
Botanical name: Ipomoea deccana    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Synonyms: Ipomoea bracteata Wight, Ipomoea deccana var. lobata

Deccan Morning Glory is a small climber found in the undergrowth of forests on ground ferns and small herbs, velvet-hairy with spreading trichomes. Leaves are entire or 3-5-lobed, Flowers are borne in boat-shaped involucrate bract, in head like cymose cluster. The outer bracts are ovate, basally flat-heart-shaped, apically pointed, each separate bract 1.5 cm long, the inner bracts smaller. Flowers are stalkless to nearly so. Sepals are nearly equal, lanceshaped-tapering, 7-9 mm long, velvet-hairy with spreading trichomes. Flowers are purplish to pink, funnel-shaped, 1.5-2 cm long. Fruits are nearly spherical, 5 mm long, brown, hairless. Deccan Morning Glory is found in India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Marleshwar, Ratanagiri, Maharashtra.

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