Ipomoea triloba Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 161. 1753. (Syn: Batatas triloba (Linnaeus) Choisy; Convolvulus trilobus (Linnaeus) Desrousseaux; Ipomoea blancoi Choisy.) as per Flora of China;


or eye-poh-MEE-a — worm-like, referring to coiled flower bud … Dave’s Botanary
try-LO-buh — three-lobed; referring to lobes of leaf … Dave’s Botanary
Native of: tropical America; naturalized elsewhere

Twiners. Leaves broadly ovate, entire to deeply 3-lobed, 4-10 x 3-8 cm, base cordate, margin often deeply dentate, apex acuminate-apiculate, chartaceous; petiole 1-10 cm long. Flowers aggregated in umbellate cymes; peduncle c. 10 cm long; bracts minute; calyx-lobes sub-equal, elliptic-ovate, densely hairy without; corolla pinkish purple, c. 23 cm across, funnel-shaped. Capsule subglobose, densely hispid. Seeds glabrous except at one margin. 

Flowering and fruiting: September-March
Degraded forest areas, also in the plains
Native of Tropical America; now throughout the tropics


Flora of Panipat: Ipomoea triloba from Sutana Panipat:
Ipomoea triloba from Sutana Panipat. Shot from the bank of Canal
pls validate

Morning Glory For ID : Bangalore : 01DEC16 : AK-3 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Seen growing wild near a lake on 2nd Nov.

Thanks, …  Pl. Check comparative images of Ipomoea species in EFI site

Ipomoea triloba.

Morning Glory For ID : Pune : 06DEC16 : AK-18 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Seen by the roadside in Pune during 1st week of Nov.
The flowers are similar to Ipomoea triloba posted recently by me from Bangalore and identified by ….
The leaves look slightly different.
Is it the same Species?

Yes …, it is same to me, Ipomoea triloba.

Images by Neil Soares 

Ipomea clarkei : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
… spent the day at my farm at Shahapur yesterday (12.10.09).  

Sending photographs of some of the plants identified by him including some clarifications and corrections.  

Ipomea clarkei with its lobed leaves.

Can it be Ipomoea triloba L. as there is no other post of Ipomoea clarkei in efi ?

I feel you are correct … This thread also needs attention

A feedback from another thread from …:
P.S. – am not willing to comment on my other post ‘Ipomea clarkei’ because these plants were identified by both … Have sought further clarification from them but it has not been forthcoming.


Sir this vine grows abundantly along the bank of Western Yamuna Canal and its tributaries in Panipat Karnal Sonipat and Jind Area

Nice reference photo documentation showing relevant parts.


Convolvulaceae week- Ipomoea triloba from Coimbatore:

Convolvulaceae Week :: Ipomoea grandifolia (syn. I. triloba) at Mumbai and near Panchagani: Ipomoea grandifolia (Dammer) O’Donell … popular synonym Ipomoea triloba L.
ip-oh-MEE-uh or ip-oh-MAY-uh — worm-like; referring to coiled flower bud
gran-dih-FOH-lee-uh — large leaved
try-LO-buh — three-lobed; referring to lobes of leaf
Dave’s Botanary
Sep 23, 2007 … at Pirojshahnagar, Mumbai
commonly known as: littlebell morning glory, pink convolvulus
Native of: tropical America; naturalized elsewhere
References: Flowers of IndiaDave’s GardenPIERFurther Flowers of Sahyadri by Shrikant Ingalhalikar
more views:Sep 23, 2007 … at Pirojshahnagar, Mumbai
Aug 25, 2010 … along Pasarani Ghat, Maharashtra

Was not knowing the new apt name Grandifolia. The leaves are really big compared to the flower size.

This is a mess with these synonyms…
Here are links for the species of Ipomoea grandifolia and Ipomoea triloba


Jhalana forest, Jaipur 8.9.2007; Mhow, Dist Indore, Madhya Pradesh- Sept’09?; at SGNP, Borivli, Mumbai on 4th Oct 09; Sonepat, Haryana, 19 Oct 09; Near Colva Beach, Goa on 28/9/09; Srirangapatna-13-11-09;

Ipomoea triloba – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Ipomoea cordatotriloba ? – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Wild Flower for ID-231109-RK-1 – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Ipomoea arachnosperma ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Ipomoea triloba ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Ipomoea ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups
ID(ID-DKB157) -IPOMOEA? – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Ipomoea triloba – indiantreepix | Google Groups
(191009SCS1) Ipomoea species, Haryana – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Request for id – Ipomea sp._SGNP_Sept 09_SSN – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Species Id Pls. 240909 DKV – 1 – indiantreepix | Google Groups


Ipomoea marginata (I. sepiaria):  Name of the Species: Ipomoea marginata (I. sepiaria)

Common/Local Name: Amti-vel
Family: Convolvulaceae
Photographed on: 08th Jan., 2012
Photographed at: Barvi Dam Forest, Badlapur, Maharashtra.
Habitat: Roadside hedge in deciduous forest.
Description: Occasional, climber of hedges and on the river banks.

I think it is probably Ipomoea triloba and not marginata

My belief too: Ipomoea triloba.

Yes Ipomoea triloba i have posted this from panipat


ID: Ipomoea from Guwahati:   Is it Ipomoea sp.? Please ID for this.
Date :27/09/2012
Location: Maligaon, 1 No. Gate, Guwahati-11 [Dist- Kamrup(Metro)]
Habitat :Generally grows on road side
Habit :Climber
Flowers : Size ± 2.5 cm; Sepal ± .8cm, polysepalous, hairy; petal ± 2 cm; Stamen 5, unequal in size; Carpel ± 1.3cm
Fruits :not seen

Could it be Ipomoea nil?

… must be Ipomoea trilobanative of tropical America; naturalized elsewhere.

These set of pictures indicate it to be Ipomoea triloba suggested by …


Wild plant ID request – RK27 – 23-Oct-2012:
Requesting id of another wild flower growing near a marsh / wetland in Vasai region.

Ipomoea triloba (family Convolvulaceae).

Ipomoea triloba
Attaching my pictures captured recently from Pune 

Found this twiner yesterday on roadside, intertwining a Operculina turpethum (left side in the first pic).
Species : UNKNOWN
H & H : roadside twiner
Date : 26/10/12, 8.20 a.m.
Place : Hooghly

Received the ID – Ipomoea grandifolia (Dammer) O’Donell (Syn I. triloba L.).


HI id this ipomea sp please : Attachments (3). 7 posts by 6 authors.
Got this small climber near uran please id this
17 Oct 2013
Uran Maharashtra  

This can be Ipomoea triloba..

Yes it is Ipomoea triloba. One interesting character of this plant is that the plant sp. possess two types of leaf one with cordate leaf and other with trilobed leaf that I had found in my place. I attached here my specimens.

Very true. Last fortnight I clicked some plants with cordate unlobed leaves growing on hedges in our resort. Next day I saw similar plants but with trilobed leaves that I could identify as I. triloba easily.

Wow i never heard this type of variation interesting Thanks … for throwing light on this

Yes Ipomoea triloba.
A very common climber growing all over Pune city even by roadside.
Yes it can have trilobed as well as just heart shaped leaves. The flowers are generally much smaller than its regular sized leaves.


Flower for id-ID23112013SH1 :  Attachments (1). 4 posts by 3 authors.

Flower for Id pl.
Location -Jabalpur
Date- 20.10.2013
Habitat –Wild

its really a great pic,
to me the leaves, flower and fruits belongs to different plant,
Please check it, the leaves may be of some Indigofera sp, flower of some Ipomoea sp & fruits of Achyranthes aspera.

Flower is Ipomoea triloba of Convolvulaceae. Leaves should be heart shaped and could be 3 lobed.

Thanx … Yes … It didn’t struck to me.In fact I was wondering why leaves were not matching with flower 🙂

Requesting ID of this Convolvulaceae plant – Mumbai – October 2013 :: 18022014 :: ARK-10: Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Requesting to please ID this plant growing wild by the roadside in Mumbai in October 2013.

Ipomoea triloba L.

… you are a super star!!! Hats off!!

ANOCT70 Please identify this Ipomoea sp. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5).

20th October 2014

Ipomoea triloba


Fwd: Publication : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)- Ipomea triloba_Sourav MSH_2016.pdf
Please find the published article.

Thanks, … Good work.

PLANT FOR IDENTIFICATION – 8 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Photographed at Bhadreshwar, Hooghly, West Bengal on 14/10/2007.
I think it’s Ipomoea, but could not identify upto species level.
Would you please help me to identify this plant.
Enjoy Autumn festivals.

this may be a photo of Ipomoea involucrata. This plant unlike many other Ipomoeas is a perennial. The flowers are about 1-1.5cm opening early in the morning and closing around 9-10a.m (Kolkata). The large boat-shaped outer bracts cover the buds.

Appears to be Ipomoea triloba L.

Ipomoea for ID : 220111 : AK-1:
Picture taken on the 17th Oct,07 at Nasik,Maharashtra. Very tiny flowers.


climber for id, mm4 18092011:
climber, i think an ipomea species
saw it in my neighbours vegetable patch in alibaug
where it has crept in uninvited
flowers were about 10mm
photographed yesterday
would appreciate an id

Ipomoea triloba, native to tropical America, naturalised elsewhere in tropics … commonly known as: littlebell morning glory, pink convolvulus

Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Climber
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- it was not possible for me to see as it was mixed with too many other wild plants
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- purple violet flower

The commonest Ipomoea growing wild which is seen in this season matching to your plant is Ipomoea triloba.
Other characters and Good view of the flower will confirm it. I am sure you will post it after you get it.

Ipomoea trilobata ? : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (1)- 1 Mb.
Ipomoea trilobata ?

I think close to images at Ipomoea triloba

at Shahapur; Gurgaon, Haryana- Jan.’09?; At Alibag 19 Sept, 2009;  mornig glory like small purple flower – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Names of Plants in India :: Ipomoea triloba L. : 21 posts by 6 authors. 1 image.
via Species‎ > ‎I‎ > Ipomoea triloba L. … family: Convolvulaceae ~ Convulvulaceae

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
ip-oh-MEE-a or eye-poh-MEE-a — worm-like, referring to coiled flower budDave’s Botanary
try-LO-buh — three-lobed; referring to lobes of leafDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: little bell, pink convolvulus, three-lobe morning gloryAssamese: সৰু ঘণ্টা ফুল xaru ghonta phoolBengali: ঘণ্টি কলমি ghanti kalamiGujarati: નાની કુદરડી nani kudardiKannada: ಮೂಗುತಿ ಬಳ್ಳಿ muguthi balli, ವಜಿಗಂಧ vajigandhaMalayalam: ചുട്ടിതിരുതാളി chuttithiruthali, തിരുതാളി thiruthaaliMarathi: इवळी भोंवरी ivali bhonvariSanskrit: लक्ष्मणा laksmana, वचगन्धा vachagandhaTulu: ತಿರುತಾಳಿ tirutali
botanical names: Ipomoea triloba L. … synonyms: Batatas triloba (L.) Choisy • Convolvulus dentatus Vahl • Convolvulus ipomoea Vell. • Convolvulus trilobus (L.) DC. • Ipomoea blancoi Choisy • Ipomoea parviflora Vahl • Quamoclit triloba (L.) G.Don • Sanilum parviflorum (Vahl) Rafin. … status at GBIF
September 23, 2007 … Pirojshanagar, Mumbai

Thanks, … Your contributions are unique and outstanding.

Ipomoea triloba is a recent introduction to India, If I remember correctly, first reported from South India in 1977.
Being a recent Exotic  there would not be enough authentic ‘deshi’ names I’m afraid.

… yes, not enough ‘deshi’ names yet.

In fact, I gave a name to this plant in Marathi while compiling names in other languages.
I find this plant very commonly and abundantly during its season in my vicinity, and it would not be justified for the plant to not have a name in Marathi.
इवळी भोंवरी ivali bhonvari = little bindweed.

Sir, true. It has gained an invasive status. Within 5 years in Surat, it has surpassed Operculina turpethum and Ipomoea saggitifolia in numbers. And the flowers it produces is way too many ! Only solace is, most of the vines do not survive long.

so its widespread in india. where do you think it came from? and how?

South America

what commodity do we buy that will co-travel with these weeds?

Somehow I missed on asking during compilation of names, whether Ipomoea triloba has any Nepali name(s). Please help if there is/are.

I already checked but not listed in Nepal!

It is listed in 2014 !

Thank you ….someday in later years, it will earn a Nepali name for sure, at the least for the beauty of the flowers and leaves. … thank you very much for adding different variants of the flowers. That is quite a collection.

…, there was something wrong …there was a message about large size of message and non-delivery. Later I checked the web version of post and it was not showing. I do not know if everybody is able to see them. I was editing images, planning to re-upload. Now after your reply, I shall wait. Thanks for appreciation.

It does not transmit over 8mb.

efi thread
here I do not see my reply with images and subsequent warning .

…, can you see my images ?

… post in a thread is limited to 8MB (beyond which the sender gets some warning message).

Attachment to a post is max 25MB (above which a message asks the sender whether it be shared in Google Drive).
Since your message has embedded images … may have crossed the 8MB limit.
… has shared same thoughts.

The correct transliteration of  KANNADA NAME ಮೂಗುತಿ ಬಳ್ಳಿ is  MOOGUTHI BALLI

Many thanks … for this validation. I have made the corrections in my notes.

ip-oh-MEE-a or eye-poh-MEE-a — worm-like; referring to coiled flower bud … Dave’s Botanary

try-LO-buh — three-lobed; referring to lobes of leaf … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: little bell, pink convolvulus, three-lobe morning glory • Assamese: সৰু ঘণ্টা ফুল xaru ghonta phool • Bengali: ঘণ্টি কলমি ghanti kalami • Gujarati: નાની કુદરડી nani kudardi • Hindi: घंटीबेल ghantibel • Kannada: ಮೂಗುತಿ ಬಳ್ಳಿ mooguthi balli, ವಜಿಗಂಧ vajigandha • Malayalam: ചുട്ടിതിരുതാളി chuttithiruthali, തിരുതാളി thiruthaali • Marathi: इवली भोवरी ivali bhovari • Rajasthani: घंटीबेल ghantibel • Sanskrit: लक्ष्मणा laksmana, वचगन्धा vachagandha • Tulu: ತಿರುತಾಳಿ tirutali

botanical namesIpomoea triloba L. … homotypic synonymsConvolvulus trilobus (L.) Desr. • Quamoclit triloba (L.) G.Don … and more at POWO

Bibliography / etymology

~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
little bell
pink convolvulus, three-lobe morning glory
~~~~~ ASSAMESE ~~~~~
সৰু ঘণ্টা ফুল xaru ghonta phool
  • Many thanks to Brahmananda Patiri for help with this name … facebook
~~~~~ BENGALI ~~~~~
ঘণ্টি কলমি ghanti kalami
~~~~~ GUJARATI ~~~~~
નાની કુદરડી nani kudardi
~~~~~ HINDI ~~~~~
घंटीबेल ghantibel
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
ಮೂಗುತಿ ಬಳ್ಳಿ mooguthi balli, ವಜಿಗಂಧ vajigandha
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
ചുട്ടിതിരുതാളി chuttithiruthali, തിരുതാളി thiruthaali
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
इवली भोवरी ivali bhovari
~~~~~ RAJASTHANI ~~~~~
घंटीबेल ghantibel
~~~~~ SANSKRIT ~~~~~
लक्ष्मणा laksmana, वचगन्धा vachagandha
ತಿರುತಾಳಿ tirutali
~~~~~ DISTRIBUTION in states of India ~~~~~
*Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, *Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, *Meghalaya, Rajasthan, *Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal

* no given name / no name found, in the regional language(s) of the state

~~~~~ x ~~~~~
Names compiled / updated at

Malayalam names and spellings are correct.


Khalapur, MH :: Ipomoea for validation :: ARK2020-097 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 900 kb each. 

Seen this Ipomoea growing wild near Khalapur in September 2020.
Seems to be I. trilobata.
Requested to kindly validate.

You’re right …


Ipomoea ID? : 5 posts by 3 authors. 4 images- 2 to 3 mb each.
Found in Delhi near Najafgarh

Images of leaf and habit
Attachments (2)

Ipomoea sp.

Ipomoea nil (L.) Roth ??

Looks different from Ipomoea nil
Appears close to Ipomoea sagittifolia (as per details herein) as per comparative images at Ipomoea

Could it be Ipomoea triloba?

Please post the pictures of foliage for proper ID. It may not be I.triloba

I think you are right as per images and details at Ipomoea triloba

Ipomoea triloba


Talegaon Dabhade Pune
Nov 2015
Requesting to Id this wild creeper flowers about 2 cms. which Ipomea species is this?

Could be Ipomoea triloba. …, please wait for validating comment(s).

efi page on Ipomoea triloba 

Very nice photographs on nokia n95, Madam, this seems to be as … says, leaves, fruits, sepals look ok, but I am not confident on flower appearance. Yet i must agree with Dinesh Ji, please check flower size conform with foc description.

Leaf has got some similarity but flower looks different since there are deep notch in between petals in I. triloba.

I guess ID is correct !


151 ID wild plant Ipomoea obscura: 10 images.

Please confirm the ID of wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 15.10.2020, 09.00am
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: climbing, branches, slender weak stem 02.5mm diameter, latex, annual
Height: 05 feet
Leaves: alternate, heart shaped, apex, size:07×4cm
Flower: diameter:23mm, pink with purple center, non fragrant, closes around 11.00am
Fruit: globular, green into brown, diameter:10mm
Camera: mobile LG K10 2017 13mp (flower) and Samsung Galaxy A21s

Looks more like Ipomoea triloba ??? – a suggestion.

It’s not Ipomoea obscura …,
It’s Ipomoea triloba as … Said,

Yes, it is I. triloba, dear …  Thank you very much for ID my plant


171021AB1 ID Request: 3 images.

I hope all of you are well.
Posting some pictures of a herb in my garden. ID, please.
Date/Time – October 17, 2021; 10:10 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS – Wardha, Maharashtra; 200 m altitude
Habitat – Garden
Plant Habit – Herb; Climber 
Plant Height – Prostrate
Leaves Size/Shape – 5-10 cm length; Heart-shaped
Flowers Size/Colour – 3-4 cm length; Light purple corolla
Fruits Size – Not available

Ipomoea triloba L.


Ipomoea triloba from Jim-Corbett Uttarakhant-GS10032022-5: 5 very high res. images.
Ipomoea triloba photographed from Jim-Corbett, Nainital District, Uttarakhand, 7-10-2013.


Pure white(?albino) variant of Ipomoea triloba: 2 high res. images.
SavarKundla, Gujarat
September 2022

Yes, appears possible as per images at Ipomoea triloba L.


Ipomoea trifolia for validation: 2 high res. images.
Request for validation of Ipomoea trifolia from Bilaspur. Photographed in October, 2022.

I guess Ipomoea triloba L.. There is no sp. like Ipomoea trifolia !

Yes …, thanks a lot for validating.

Side view would have helped.
Maybe Ipomoea triloba


Identification request 15: 5 high res. images.
Habitat: rural, Outer road side

Habit: Climber
Loc: keshoraipatan, Bundi, Rajasthan
Date: 23-11-2022

Check Ipomoea.

I think close to images at


Identification request 15: 5 high res. images.
Habitat: rural, Outer road side

Habit: Climber
Loc: keshoraipatan, Bundi, Rajasthan
Date: 23-11-2022

Check Ipomoea.

I think close to images at

Ipomoea triloba Linnaeus !


Ipomoea triloba L. :: Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Oct 19, 2009 · 9:14 AM IST: 3 images.
Ipomoea triloba L.
Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Oct 19, 2009 · 9:14 AM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl


Ipomoea triloba L. :: Sasunavghar, Thane district :: Sep 12, 2009 · JUN23 DV566: 1 image.

Ipomoea triloba L.
Sasunavghar, Thane district :: Sep 12, 2009 · 8:11 AM IST :: about 5 m (16 ft) asl
Mix of plants in this observation


For identification: 3 images- 2 high res.
This is picture of a plant from genus Ipomoea. Earlier I thought it was Ipomoea triloba. But I read in some papers, that capsule of Ipomoea triloba is hispid and this species’s capsule is glabrous. I am also attaching the photograph of Capsule, habit and flower.

Please help in correct identification.
Habit- Climber
Habitat- Roadside area, terrestrial.

On careful scrutiny, I feel it is https://efloraofindia.com/2011/03/09/ipomoea-triloba/ only as per images and details herein.

Even I can see hispid young fruits in the 3rd image.
I do not know why the 1st image is appearing so (also image capture is very soft).