Ipomoea aquatica Forssk.

Etymology Genus Worm-like; referring to the twining stems
Species Having an aquatic habit
Family Convolvulaceae
Synonyms Ipomoea natans Dinter & Suess., Ipomoea reptans Poir.
Common Names Kang Kong, Water Spinach
Status Undetermined
Form Herb
Native Distribution Old World tropics

Diagnostics:

Ipomoea aquatica is a common creeping herb in shallow water or moist soil. The elongated arrow-head leaf and succulent creeping stem makes its very recognisable. The flower colour is variable, ranging from pink, purple, or white.


Interesting Facts:

Kang Kong is cultivated for a popular vegetable dish of the same name (my favourite when cooked with sambal).


Creeping form of the Kang Kong in a drain.

Close-up view of the inflorescence.

Arrow-head leaf and succulent stem.

Flowers side view.

Flower from the top.


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Posted Date: 2014-11-23 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11