Ipomoea indica (Burm.) Merr. Morning Glory
Interpr.Herb.Amboin. 445 (1917)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Monday 11 November 1996

Twining, scandent, rampant herb or climber. Fl. blue-purple, Nov to Dec or Jan to May. Grown in gardens, apparently naturalised.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Gascoyne, Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Augustus, Dandaragan Plateau, Geraldton Hills, Perth, Warren.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Augusta-Margaret River, Bassendean, Bayswater, Bunbury, Cambridge, Dandaragan, Denmark, Gingin, Greater Geraldton, Harvey, Melville, Upper Gascoyne, Victoria Park.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Thursday 8 September 2016

General Biology. Growth form. Vine. Reproduction. Stolons, stem fragmentation and rooting. Dispersal. Water, garden refuse, animals, machinery. Time to first flowering. 1-2 years. Toxicity. Suspected to be toxic to livestock and humans. Vegetative regeneration strategy. coppices/resprouts,stem layering.

Notes. Smothers vegetation. Slashed stems can resprout.

Additional information. Origin. India, tropical Asia, tropical Central and South America. History of use/introduction. Garden escape. Similar exotic species. Ipomoea cairica, Ipomoea purpurea, Ipomoea hederacea.

Suggested method of management and control. Hand remove all stems in contact with the ground, severe vines at base and leave to dry in canopy then dig out roots; scrape and paint stem - 20-50% glyphosate, alternatively, cut vine at chest height and lie lower sections of the ground before applying 1.5 %glyphosate over them; monitor for 1 year following removal. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Flowering Y Y O O O     O Y Y Y Y  
                           

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.

 

References

  • Big Scrub Landcare Group (1998) Common weeds of northern NSW rainforest. Big Scrub Landcare Group, Mullumbimby.
  • Blood, K. (2001) Environmental weeds: a field guide for SE Australia. C.H. Jerram and Associates, Melbourne.
  • Brown, K. & Brooks, K. (2002) Bushland Weeds: A Practical Guide to their Management. Environmental Weeds Action Network, Greenwood.
  • Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. & Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western Weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia. 2nd Edition. The Plant Protection Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park.
  • Muyt, A. (2001) Bush invaders of South-East Australia: A guide to the identification and control of environmental weeds found in South-East Australia. R.G. & F.J. Richardson, Melbourne.
  • Navie, S. & Adkins, S. (2008) Environmental Weeds of Australia, An interactive identification and information resource for over 1000 invasive plants. Centre for Biological Information Technology, The University of Queensland.
  • Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (2008) Plant threats to Pacific ecosystems. URL: http://www.hear.org/pier/scinames.htm - Accessed January 2010.
  • Paczkowska, G. & Chapman, A.R. (2000) The Western Australian flora: A descriptive catalogue. Western Australian Wildflower Society (Inc.), Western Australian Herbarium and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Perth.

Project information and acknowledgements