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Family Profile

Convolvulaceae

Family Description

A family of about 50 genera and 1500 species, cosmopolitan but more common in tropical and subtropical regions; 17 genera occur naturally in Australia.

Genera

Argyreia - A genus of about 90 species in Asia, Malesia and Australia; one or perhaps two species occur naturally in Australia. Ooststroom (1953). One species has become naturalised.

Erycibe - A genus of about 60-70 species in Japan, China, SE Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Malesia, Australia and perhaps some Pacific islands; one or two species occur naturally in Australia. Hoogland in Ooststroom (1953).

Ipomoea - A genus of about 500 species, pantropic and extending into the subtropics of the world; more than 30 species occur naturally in Australia and about 15 species have become naturalised. Ooststroom (1953).

Jacquemontia - A genus of about 120 species, particularly well developed in tropical and subtropical America but also in Africa(?), Asia, Malesia and Australia; a few species occur naturally in Australia. Ooststroom (1953).

Lepistemon - A genus of about 10 species in Africa, Asia, Malesia and Australia; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Ooststroom (1953).

Merremia - A genus of about 80 species, pantropic; about six to ten species occur naturally in Australia and a number of species have become naturalised. Ooststroom (1953).

Operculina - A genus of about 20 species, pantropic; four or more species occur naturally in Australia. Ooststroom (1953).

Stictocardia - A genus of ten species, pantropical; two species occur naturally in Australia. Ooststroom (1953); Johnson (2004).

Turbina - A genus of two or more species in tropical America; one species has become naturalised in Australia. Ooststroom (1953).

Xenostegia - A genus of two species in tropical parts of the world; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Wheeler et al. (1992).

References

Johnson, R.W. (2004). Stictocardia Hallier f. (Convolvulaceae) in Queensland. Austrobaileya 6(4): 631-637.

Ooststroom, S.J. van (1953). Convolvulaceae. Flora Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 4: 388-512.

Wheeler, J.R. & Marchant, N.G. (1992). Convolvulaceae. Flora of the Kimberley Region. : 737-759.