Calystegia R.Br.


Greek kalyx — sepals, stege — covering, referring to the large calyx bracts.

Perennial herbs with trailing or twining stems. Leaves simple, entire, often arrowhead-like. Flowers axillary, solitary or few together and with large persistent bracts that more or less enclose the ovary. Petals more or less funnel-like, sometimes shallowly 5-lobed, with pronounced mid-petal bands. Stamens fused at the base, hairy on fused edges.ovary of 1-2 chambers, ovules 4. Fruit capsule round to ovoid.

A genus known for C. sepium, a weed of waste places, mostly in urban areas.

C. sepium has edible young leaves and rhizomes (when boiled).

Differs from Convolvulus in having solitary flowers with large bracts and 1-chambered fruits.

25 cosmopolitan species.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Convolvulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Solanales
family       Convolvulaceae
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species         Calystegia sepium (L.) R.Br.