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Water Spinach

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Water spinach
Swamp morning-glory (water spinach), flowers - Photo by Charles T. Bryson; USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Scientific Name: 

Ipomoea aquatica Forssk. (ITIS)

Common Name: 

Water spinach, swamp morning glory, swamp morningglory

Native To: 

Asia (Lee 1998)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 

1950s (Austin 2007)

Means of Introduction: 

Horticultural escape (Lee 1998)

Impact: 

Crowds out native species (Lee 1998)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.

DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.

Provides detailed collection information as well as animated map.

Federally Regulated

USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

Includes species listed as a Federal Noxious Weed under the Plant Protection Act, which makes it illegal in the U.S. to import or transport between States without a permit.

Images

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Videos

Google. YouTube; University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Water Spinach.

Partnership

USDA. APHIS. PPQ. Center for Plant Health Science and Technology; California Department of Food and Agriculture.

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.
Federal Government

DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.

Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

State and Local Government

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Academic

University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Professional
Missouri Botanical Garden.

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