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Convolvulaceae: Morning Glory Family

This family contains some of the common beach plants found along tropical shores. The morning glories are fast growers and can often cover entire sections of beach or invade tree canopies. A few of the species contain lysergic acid amides (LSD). The seeds must be eaten, but care should be taken because of the risk of overdosing.

Several Morning Glories are also seen as problematic invasive weeds because of their ability to quickly take over a disturbed habitat. Many of these plants are vines and use this to overtake other plants. Field Bindweed carpets the ground and has such deep rootstalks that it is difficult to irradicate.

Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis

Systematics: Plants are dicots. Twinning herbs and shrubs. Leaves are simple and alternate. Petals are 5-merous. Flowers have both male and female parts (bisexual).

Specimens List

Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

An invasive plant in the US causing problems along roadways.


Wood Rose (Merremia tuberosa)

Sold commonly in Hawaii as an ornamental plant.


Ololiúqui (Turbina corymbosa)

Contains Lysergic acid amides (similar to LSD). Psychoactive drug used traditionally in Mexico.


Hawaiian Baby Woodrose (Argyreia nervosa)

Native to India, but introduced many places. Also contains LAA's and known to be psychoactive.


Ipomoea spp

The largest genus of morning glories with almost 500 species.


 

Links to more information

Dr Carr's UH Botany Convolvulaceae Page


Video clip of an example of this family: Field Bindweed

 

 
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