Mallow-leaved bindweed

Mallow-leaved bindweed / Convolvulus althaeoides / خبيزة (لبلاب ختمي)

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Status: Common

Convolvulus althaeoides Plants of the family Convolvulaceae (includes more than 1600 species), such species of the genus Convolvulus are, in general, commonly known as morning glory. However, the species

Convolvulus althaeoides is known by its English common name mallow-leaved bindweed or falmate Bindweed. Convolvulus althaeoides is a perennial herbaceous plant species native to the Mediterranean region. However, it was occasionally introduced in other areas of similar climate, such California, in the United States.

This plant grows well in habitats like woodlands and shrublands, steppes, extreme deserts and deserts. Convolvulus althaeoides have hairy stems growing up to 15 cm height, climbing and trailing on any substrate that may serve as support. Twisting, the stems grow and spread indefinitely. The flashy, solitary flowers are pink or violet coloured, with long peduncles. The fused five petals flower has a funnel (trumpet)-shaped corolla, three or four centimetres wide.

The flowering time ranges from March to June.

The leaves are alternate and deeply divided into narrow, finger like lobes. The fruits form capsules. Mallow-leaved bindweed tolerates drought and is also commonly found in gardens, fences and roadsides, vacant lots, surrounding and through crop fields, as well as in pasture. Hence, due to its high habitat plasticity and drought tolerance, this plant is easily found in the places where it is distributed.

Other names: morning glory.

IUCN red list status: not evaluated

Local status: least concern