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


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.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2014-11-23 / Modified: 2017-12-25