Sweet Potato

Ipomoea batatas

sweet potato morning-glory, Ipomoea batatas, from Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

In a subsistence farm plot at Kitale, Kenya, Africa. October 2016.

HERBACEOUS: Above ground portion is a leafy vine. Enlarged roots store starch and sugars.

FLOWERS: The flowers are showy, purple to pink in color.

LEAVES: The leaves are roughly triangular in shape with heart-shaped base.

RANGE: This crop plant originated in tropical America and has since been cultivated for food everywhere.

FRUIT: The fruits are dry capsules with typically four seeds.


Convolvulaceae -- Morning-Glory Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 15 June 2017