Cypressvine Morningglory: Ipomoea quamoclit
Weed Description: Annual low-climbing or twining vine with leaves that are deeply divided into linear segments. Found throughout the southeastern United States, Virginia to Missouri and south to Texas.
Seedling: Stems below the cotyledons (hypocotyls) are stout. Cotyledons very deeply indented and long, with an angle between the cotyledons greater than 90°.
|Leaves: Egg-shaped and
widest near the base in outline, approximately 1 1/4 to 3 inches long, 1 to 2 inches wide,
and divided into linear segments that are 1 mm or less wide. Leaves are without
Stems: Branched, trailing or low climbing vines that may reach 6 1/2 feet in length and also without hairs.
Roots: Fibrous root system.
|Flowers: Deep red
to scarlet in color, approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches long. Flower stalks as long as the
subtending leaf, bearing 1-3 flowers.
Fruit: A capsule without hairs containing reddish-brown seeds.
|Identifying Characteristics: Deeply divided leaves and cotyledon leaves with very wide angles between the points is one characteristic that helps to distinguish cypressvine morningglory from all of the other morningglories.|