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Common name

English: Cairo Morning Glory, Railroad Creeper

Mandarin: 五爪金龙 (wu zhao jin long)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Solanales (99)

        Family: Convolvulaceae (43)(family description)

          Genus: Ipomoea (18)

            Epithet: cairica (L.) Sweet (1)

Synonyms: Batatas cavanillesii (Roem. & Schult.) G. Don, Batatas senegalensis G. Don, Convolvulus cairicus L., Convolvulus cavanillesii (Roem. & Schult.) Spreng., Convolvulus limphaticus Vell.

cairica => from or of Cairo, Egypt

cairicus => from or of Cairo, Egypt

cavanillesii => in honor of Antonio José Cavanilles (1745–1804), Spanish cleric and botanist

limphaticus => connected to water

senegalensis => from the banks of the river Senegal in West-Africa


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: liana

Flower colour: pink, white

External links

Check for Ipomoea cairica at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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