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Common name

English: Giant potato

Mandarin: 七爪龙 (qi zhao long)


Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2146)

      Order: Solanales (96)

        Family: Convolvulaceae (42)(family description)

          Genus: Ipomoea (18)

            Epithet: mauritiana Jacq. (1)

Synonyms: Batatas paniculata (L.) Choisy, Convolvulus insignis Spreng., Convolvulus paniculatus L., Convolvulus platensis Spreng., Convolvulus roseus Kunth, Ipomoea ennealoba Beauv., Ipomoea eriosperma P.Beauv., Ipomoea gossipifolia Steud., Ipomoea gossypiifolia Willd., Ipomoea insignis Andr., Ipomoea loureirii J.Presl, Ipomoea paniculata (L.) R.Brown, Ipomoea pentaloba Roem. & Schult., Ipomoea salaziana Cordem., Ipomoea splendens G.Don, Ipomoea supersticiosa Barb.Rodr., Ipomoea tuberosa G.F.W.Mey.

gossypiifolia => cotton leaved

loureirii => in honor of João de Loureiro (1717-1791), Portuguese Jesuit missionary, paleontologist, physician and botanist

mauritiana => refers to ancient Mauritania

paniculata => having panicles or tufts of flowers

roseus => rose or pale red-pink coloured

tuberosa => producing or resembling tubers


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: violet

External links

Check for Ipomoea mauritiana at

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