Ipomoea batatas CONVOLVULACEAE

Sample information

Sample ID254-2-2b
Common namesweet potato. camote, kumara, uala


Pollen / Sporepollen
Morphologic typepantoporate
Surface patternechinate
Equatorial sizemin 81.1, mean 89.9, max 95.7
Equatorial shapecircular
Grain arrangementdicot
Aperture countM
Pore surface shapecircular
Dispersal formmonad
Morphology notesEchini length: 4.4 - 7.7. Echini width: 3.1 - 5.0 Baculate, reticulate pattern between pores.

Ecology and Geography

Plant typeangiosperm
Floristic region(s)India (tropical) , Central Pacific , East Pacific Islands , China (tropical) , Papua New Guinea (highland)
Vegetation communitiesherbland, open forest
Habitat notesBroad habitat ranging from cool temperate to wet tropical and wet forest shade. Tolerant of 31 to 429mm precipitation and temperature ranges of 8 to 28C. Soil fertility ranges from a pH of 4.3 to 8.7. The plant prefers a stable temperature between night and day and is drought tolerant, which resumes growth in rains return. Native to South America, introduced and cultivated as important food crop in India, China, Phillipines and the South Seas. Found growing wild on the edge of Rano Kao, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) March 2008.


CollectorJ. Flenley
ANU access code2122
Collection siteEastern Highlands Province, Goroka District, Goroka
Collection countryPapua New Guinea
Collection date1965-04-01
Collection notesAlso found in Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean. Photographed
Equatorial view
Polar view
Surface pattern
Wall view
Aperture view
Unique feature