Ipomoea aquatica

John Grimshaw j.grimshaw@virgin.net
Mon, 30 Jan 2006 09:18:19 PST
I've had the leaves of Ipomoea italica in the Philippines, where it is
cooked rather like spinach. It grows in ponds with long floating stems on
the surface, though I expect that it would form a bushy plant if out of
water or the pond dried up. In East Africa the leaves of sweet potato, I.
batatas, are eaten in the same way.

John Grimshaw

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim McKenney" <jimmckenney@starpower.net>
To: "'Pacific Bulb Society'" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Oxalis aquatica; maybe not, but consider these

> Mary Sue asked about, among others,
> Ipomoea aquatica and Nymphoides aquaticum (note that in the older
> the genus was sometimes treated as neuter, thus Nymphoides aquaticum -
> something to keep in mind if you're doing a Google search).
> Ipomoea aquatica is a widely grown vegetable, now marketed here in the US
> primarily in Asian markets. It's sometimes called "water spinach".
> Nymphoides aquatica is a common pond plant in the eastern US and maybe
> elsewhere. It's the "banana plant" of the aquarium trade. These are
> family plants with flowers a bit like those of Menyanthes.
> Jim McKenney
> Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where it may reach 65
> F today.
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