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Taxon: Ipomoea aquatica Forssk.

Genus: Ipomoea subgenus: Eriospermum section: Erpipomoea
Family: Convolvulaceae tribe: Ipomoeeae
Nomen number: 20138
Place of publication: Fl. aegypt.-arab. 44. 1775
Name verified on: 02-Sep-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 21-Jul-2000
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 6 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared noxious weed by USDA-APHIS.
A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
ALª*, FLª, INª, MAª, NCª, NHª, OKª, SCª, TXª.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.
Link to species profile at National Invasive Species Information Center

Common names:

  • Chinese water-spinach   (Source: USDA/APHIS ) – English
  • swamp morning-glory   (Source: Names Beetle ) – English
  • water-convolvulus   (Source: G. W. Staples, p.c.) – English
  • water-spinach   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • weng cai   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • liseron d'eau   (Source: Pl Res SEAs 8:181.) – French
  • patate aquatique   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Sumpfkohl   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • Wasserspinat   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • kangkong   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Indonesian
  • yō-sai   (Source: F Okin ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • kangkung   (Source: F Males ) – Malay
  • cancon   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • espinaca acuática   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • sallatsipomea   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish
  • phak bung   (Source: F Thailand ) – Transcribed Thai

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania [incl. Pemba, Zanzibar]; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo
    West Tropical Africa: Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Mali; Mauritania; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone
    South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Southern Africa: Botswana; Namibia
    China: China
    Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
    Australia: Australia - Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    United States
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Northwestern Pacific: Micronesia
    South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia
    Caribbean: Dominican Republic; Haiti; Jamaica
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; Nicaragua; Panama
    Northern South America: Guyana; Suriname
    Brazil: Brazil
    Western South America: Peru

  • widely cultivated in tropics




Check other web resources for Ipomoea aquatica Forssk.:


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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (06 October 2015)

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