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Flower polymorphism in the beach plant, Ipomoea imperati (Vahl.) Grisebach (Convolvulaceae)

Author(s): C. Sobrevila, L. M. Wolfe and C. Murcia

Month: Mar
Year: 1989

Publication Type: Note
Journal: Biotropica
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Pages: 84-88

Article Topic(s): Genetics, Morphology, Pollination
Research Setting(s): Coastal

Species Referenced: Ipomoea imperati (Beach morning-glory),


Examines the variability in floral characteristics in a population of Ipomoea imperati in Costa Rica. This species flowers during the dry season. Flowers are white, are open for one day only, and are pollinated by a number of insects. Some flowers in the population had yellow corollas while others had purple corollas, but all flowers within an individual were consistent in terms of color. The morphology of the two flower types was different. Flowers with purple corollas had stigmas exerted beyond anthers whereas flowers with yellow corollas had stigmas that remain below anthers.

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C. Sobrevila, L. M. Wolfe and C. Murcia. "Flower polymorphism in the beach plant, Ipomoea imperati (Vahl.) Grisebach (Convolvulaceae)." Biotropica 21.1 (1989): 84-88.

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