Convulvulaceae, Ipomoea alba, Moon flower

I collected this plant (seed) from a vine growing on an old man’s porch in Boquete. He didn’t know where it came from, but commented that it only bloomed in the afternoon, which I see to be true now that my vine is flowering. The buds develop remarkably fast. As can be observed in the photos, the unopened bud looks like a turbine. In the afternoon it quickly unwinds and blooms into a large, very fragrant flower.

Reportedly, the young leaves and fleshy calyces of Ipomoea alba are edible, so are the young seeds. Leaves and calyxes are eaten cooked, steamed, alone as a vegetable, added to curries and soups.

The whole plant is used as a snakebite medicine.


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