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Photo by: Soumen Aditya. This is I. d. var digitata. Collected 83 kilometres SW of Calcutta.

Photo by Soumen Aditya. This is I. d. var digitata.

Author: Carl Linnaeus, 1759
Origin:  Dominican Republic, Haiti (Asia)
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  4 Meters
Flower:  Pink - Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Alligator Yam, Giant Potato, Milky Yam, Vidari-kanda, Bilai-kand, Palmudukan kizhangu, Bhumikusmanda, Balaikand
Synonyms:  Ipomoea paniculata var. digitata Kuntze, 1891.
Quamoclit digitata
, G. Don, 1838.
Convolvulus paniculatus
, Kuntze, 1891.

Ipomoea paniculata
,  R. Br. 1810.
Ipomoea mauritiana
Jacquin, 1797
Ipomoea paniculata var. digitata, Kuntze.
Ipomoea rubrocincta, Urb.
Ipomoea rubrocincta var. brachyloba, Urb.
Quamoclit digitata, G.Don.

This member of the Convolvulaceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1759. It is found in Dominican Republic and Haiti, growing in forests. It preferring a rich soil with quite some water and not that much sun. The tuberous roots will grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the vines to four meters in length. The flowers vary from pink to red. The plant can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings, both of which form a caudex.

It seems like it is the same plant as some of the Ipomoeas from Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, which have been described later under other names.

The generic name Ipomoea is derived from the Greek ἴψ, ἰπός; íps, ipós, meaning 'woodworm', and ὅμοιος; hómoios, meaning 'resembling'. It referring to their twining habit. The species name means 'with fingers'.

From Specks, who sold it under the name
Ipomoea mauritiana, Jacquin 1797.