Convolvulaceae

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Description: A large Neotropical family of vines and lianas. All the genera at La Selva are lianas with simple, opposite, entire leaves and twining stems. Several species have white latex. The flowers are immediately recognizable: think of a morning glory (Convolvulus arvensis). Some of the lianas in this family can reach very large sizes and cover the crowns of numerous trees. Ipomoea phillomega is particularly abundant at La Selva; in the rainy season, its dark pink tubular flowers, slightly wilted, are a common sight on the forest floor.

Economic uses: The sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas, and several other species of that genus are edible. Many herbaceous vines in the family are cultivated as ornamentals.


Descripción: Una familia diversa de bejucos en las zonas neotropicales. Todos los géneros de esta área son bejucos con hojas simples, alternas, y enteras, y tallos y se entrelazan. Algunas especies presentan savia blanca. Las flores son llamativos, con la forma de un dondiego de día (Convolvulus arvensis). Algunos bejucos en esta familia pueden alcanzar un gran tamaño y cubrir las copas de varios árboles del dosel. El bejuco Ipomoea phillomega es muy común en La Selva; en la estación de lluvia se ven frecuentemente sus flores moradas y tubulares, marchitados y caídos al suelo.

Usos económicos: El camote (Ipomoea batatas)y otras especies de este género son comestibles. Muchos bejucos no leñosos en esta familia se cultivan como ornamentales.


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