Ipomoea staphylina Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg. 4: 249 249 1819. ;
English Lesser Glory
Others Irula : Unang kodi, Ugina Kodi, Irula : Ugina kodi, Onaan kodi, Irula : Sunang kodi
Tamil Onaankodi, Onan Kodi


Stout stragglers. Leaves to 15 x 10 cm, broadly ovate, base cordate, apex acute, membranous, nerves oblique; petiole 6.5 cm. Panicle of cymes axillary, to 15 cm; pedicels 0.5-1 cm; bracts minute; outer sepals 5 x 4 mm, oblong, obtuse, inner obovate with hyaline margins, 6 x 5 mm; corolla 2 cm long, shallowly 5-lobed, funnel shaped, pink; stamens 5, included, base dilated, hairy, filaments 7-8 mm; anthers 3 mm; ovary 2 mm; style 1.5 cm, stigma 2, globose. 
Flowering and fruiting: January-April
Deciduous forests
India, China and Sri Lanka

Identification of Convolvulaceae weed predominating Bangalore!:
I require your help in identifying the above Convolvulace weed which is fast spreading in Bangalore and is much more dominating than Parthenium.  I am attaching the photo along with this mail.  Would be grateful if u could help me in identifying this plant.


efloraindetification 250811 BRS7 Id. reg.:
PL. find the attached file contain flower photo for id. Date/Time-Location- Jan- Feb, 2011.  Anaikatti, Coimbatore Dist. Tamil Nadu
Altitude, 630 MSL
Habitat- Rural, Road side.
Type Plant Habit-  Climber
Colour- white with violet in center.

This looks like Ipomea campanulata [Tambervel].

Once again mentioning the size of the flowers is very much relevant here. Though the size can not be judged from the picture, I can guess that to be just 2-3 cm to call it Ipomoea staphylina.

I stand for Ipomoea staphylina of Convolvulaceae family. Please provide more information as … mentioned to confirm the id.

I have notice this sp. a bio fence of a coconut garden. They have not planted nor maintaining.



Convolvulaceae week: RVS2: Ipomoea staphylina:
Ipomoea staphylina, from Bangalore.

Many thanks for sharing this plant, …- the flowers, buds, their arrangement in inflorescence all look very close to Ipomoea campanulata !
I remember … telling me that the flowers are relatively smaller.

On a re-look, I can see some differences !

I agree that the sepals on these Ipomoea staphylina look appreciably different than what I have as Stictocardia campanulata.

common vine for ID – Bellary – 08022014-NAW3 : Attachments (2). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Kindly identify this common vine found smothering trees and may be regarded as an invasive species. Photographed beginning Jan 2014 near Bellary, Karnataka.
flowers 2-2.5 cm wide. leaves chordate.

Ipomoea staphylina.


Ipomoea staphylina Roem. & Schult.SN Mar24 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.

Ipomoea staphylina Roem. & Schult.,
Fam: Convolvulaceae,
The flowers are showy and used to decorate during Shankaranthi, latex is antiseptic,
woody climber
common 400- 600m altitudes.

Beautiful picture …

Creeper for ID, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh NAW-MAR17-01 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Kindly identify this creeper with white/ violet flowers about 2 cm in diameter, photographed in February 2017 near Madanapalle, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh. In many cases, the creeper was smothering trees and might be an alien invasive.

… just a wild guess … Ipomoea staphylina ?

Thanks, …, for the Id. I too think it matches with images at Ipomoea staphylina



Identification of flower : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Date of photos 22 DEC 2017
Place Agara Lake, HSR layout, Bengaluru
It is big creeper climbed on tree.
My guess Ipomoea staphylina.
Kindly identify the flower. The photos two and three shows flower along with scale.
Kindly see the parts of flower in last image and confirm my identification of parts (petals, sepals and bract).

The ID is correct. It is a winter weed. It even climbs electric poles.

Yes, matches with images at Ipomoea staphylina Roem. & Schult. 


Swamy/New series/ID/57 – Ipomoea staphylina: 4 images.
I am forwarding herewith the photos of the plant photographed nearby my house in Mysore. For me  the plant is Ipomoea staphylina, which climbs over electric poles often. Please confirm or otherwise the ID.

Yes, appears close to images at Ipomoea staphylina

Yes it’s


Swamy/New series/ID/97 – Creeper id: 5 high res. images.

I have received the attached photographs from a friend in Chennai with the following message :
“This is a common creeper here in Chennai seen along roads climbing on small bushes trees
Missed the flowering, only the fruits could be seen. Over a period of time there is heavy gall infection on leaves on this climber
Pl help in id”
For me this creeper is Ipomoea staphylina. Please confirm or suggest a new ID.

Yes, appears close as per images at


Plant for ID: Bangalore: 3 images.

Photographed this plant near a lake in Bangalore around April 2022.
Is this Ipomoea amnicola?
About 1-1.5 meters tall, spreading and flowering profusely.

Hewittia malabarica (L.) Suresh syn : Ipomoea staphylina Roem. & Schult.
Ipomoea amnicola has no distribution in India !

One more question, how do you know if a plant has distribution in a particular area? I know that there is years of accumulated wisdom and keen interest behind it. Is there also some list to refer to for India or for specific states, and cities?

Basically, you could check links like POWO, CoL and GBIF for distribution of species.

Here also, one link may show the distribution of the particular sp and others not.
Further, you can browse Google for the distribution of the particular sp for the particular country and more at BPI, journals available and books.

Both are different.

Confusing !

POWO is better these days.

However, we need to refer to other links also. If one database shows the distribution, we should consider it I guess.