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Genus: Convolvulus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Solanales > Family: Convolvulaceae


Convolvulus mauritanicus, in the Company Gardens, Cape Town. Native to North Africa.


Convolvulus looks similar to Ipomoea but differs in having the stigma linearly divided. The naturalised species Convolvulus arvensis (Field bindweed, Wild morning-glory, Klimop) is a declared Category 1 invader plant in South Africa.

About 250 species, found worldwide, with 13 species indigenous and one species naturalised in southern Africa, with an additional three species cultivated in the region. Differs from Ipomoea in having the stigma divided.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Convolvulus argillicola


Convolvulus aschersonii


Convolvulus bidentatus


Convolvulus boedeckerianus


Convolvulus capensis


Convolvulus dregeanus


Convolvulus farinosus


Convolvulus galpinii


Convolvulus multifidus


Convolvulus natalensis


Convolvulus ocellatus

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Convolvulus sagittatus

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Convolvulus thunbergii


Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Convolvulus arvensis


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Convolvulus cneorum

Native to the western Mediterranean region.


Convolvulus floridus

Native to Canary Island.


Convolvulus sabatius

Native to Italy and North Africa.


Herbivores in southern Africa

Agrius convolvuli (Convolvulus Hawkmoth)

 Caterpillars eat the leaves.

Lepidoptera<convolvulaveae< Sphingidae (hawkmoths)


Coelonia mauritii (Fulvous Hawkmoth)

 Caterpillars eat the leaves.

Lepidoptera<convolvulaveae< Sphingidae (hawkmoths)



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