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CONVOLVULACEAE

MORNING-GLORY FAMILY

Lauramay T. Dempster (except Calystegia)

Perennial (annual), generally twining or trailing
Leaves alternate
Inflorescence: cyme or flowers solitary in axils; pedicels often with 2 bracts
Flower bisexual, radial; sepals 5, ± free, overlapping, persistent, often unequal; corolla generally showy, generally bell-shaped, ± shallowly 5-lobed, generally pleated and twisted in bud; stamens 5, epipetalous; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers generally 2, ovules generally 2 per chamber, styles 1–2
Fruit: generally capsule
Seeds 1–4(6)
Genera in family: 50 genera, 1,000 species: warm temp to tropical; some cultivated as ornamental
Recent taxonomic note: Recently treated to include Cuscutaceae [Angiosperm Phylogeny Group 1998 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 85:531–553].
(Family description, key to genera by L.T. Dempster)

CONVOLVULUS

MORNING-GLORY, BINDWEED

Annual, perennial herb from caudex or rhizome, generally ± glabrous
Stem generally trailing to high-climbing, generally twisting and twining
Leaf generally > 1 cm, generally petioled; blade generally cordate or hastate
Inflorescence: bracts generally 2, below calyx
Flower generally showy; corolla generally funnel-shaped, pleated, 5-angled or -lobed; stamens included; ovary chambers 2, septa complete, stigma lobes 2, linear or thread-like, not flattened
Fruit spheric, ± inflated
Seeds generally 4
Etymology: (Latin, entwine)
Species in genus: 250 species: generally temp. Not easily distinguished from Calystegia.

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