Convolvulus /kənˈvɒlvjuːləs/[1] is a genus of about 200[2] to 250[3][4] species of flowering plants in the bindweed family Convolvulaceae,[5] with a cosmopolitan distribution. Common names include bindweed and morning glory; both are names shared with other closely related genera.

Convolvulus arvensis
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Tribe: Convolvuleae
Genus: Convolvulus
Type species
Convolvulus arvensis

List of Convolvulus species

Description Edit

They are annual or perennial herbaceous vines, bines and (a few species of) woody shrubs, growing to 0.3–3 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, and the flowers trumpet-shaped, mostly white or pink, but blue, violet, purple, or yellow in some species.[citation needed]

Ecology Edit

Many of the species are invasive weeds; but others are cultivated for their attractive flowers, while some are globally threatened.[citation needed]

Convolvulus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including the convolvulus hawk moth, the sweet potato leaf miner (Bedellia somnulentella) and the gem; the leaf miner Bucculatrix cantabricella feeds exclusively on C. cantabricus.[citation needed]

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References Edit

  1. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book. 1995. 606–07.
  2. ^ Carine, M. A. and L. Robba. (2010). Taxonomy and evolution of the Convolvulus sabatius complex (Convolvulaceae). Phytotaxa 14 1.
  3. ^ Convolvulus. Flora of China.
  4. ^ Convolvulus. The Jepson eFlora. 2013.
  5. ^ Parnell, J. and Curtis, T. 2012. Webb's An Irish Flora. Cork University Press. ISBN 978-185918-4783

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