Ipomoea batatas

Family (Traditional)Convolvulaceae
Species:Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.
Common NameSweetpotato; Sweet Potato
Growth Habitvine - forb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Annual; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: vine - forb; Region of Origin: North America; Region of Origin: South America; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Reproductive Phenology: November; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Pink; Base Flower Color: Purple; Base Flower Color: White; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; KY[SNA] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Convolvulus attenuatus Convolvulus attenuatus
Convolvulus batatas Convolvulus batatas L.
Convolvulus tiliaceus Convolvulus tiliaceus auct. non Willd.
Ipomoea fastigiata Ipomoea fastigiata (Roxb.) Sweet
Ipomoea purpusii Ipomoea purpusii
Ipomoea tiliacea Ipomoea tiliacea auct. non (Willd.) Choisy
Ipomoea vulsa Ipomoea vulsa

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Lee (KY), Monroe (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: EKY, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1993 - 1993

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
N/A Lee Kentucky 28 Aug 1993 Timothy J. Weckman
Ipomoea batatas
31234100391919 Lee Kentucky 28 Aug 1993 Timothy J. Weckman with R. C. Clark and Advanced Systematics Class
Ipomoea batatas
UCHT024127 Monroe Tennessee
Ipomoea batatas
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