Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Solanales
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Extremely similar to I. triloba, another exotic species (both have small pink to lavender flowers, with three-lobed leaves), but their sepals are quite different. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Three-lobed Morning Glory
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Herbaceous vine (twining)
Habitat: Disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Non-native: South America? the distribution poorly understood because of previous lack of recognition
Uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)
Pink or lavender
5 persistent unequal sepals
5-lobed funnelform corolla
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