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Willow Dells Tr - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Convolvulus arvensis - field bindweed

Other Common Names: wild morning glory, creeping jenny, morning glory
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Convolvulaceae

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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Perennial   Similar Species: Convolvulus incanus auct., Strophocaulos arvensis
General Desc: A deep-rooted perennial herb, considered one of the most problematic weeds in agricultural fields. The plant trails along the ground or climbs on upright plants. It is listed as a noxious weed in Arizona.
Identification notes: Perennial with deeply set, creeping rootstocks; stems slender and branching, prostrate or twining, without hairs or somewhat hairy; leaves alternate along the stems on stalks; blades variable, oblong to oval, arrow-shaped base; flowers white to pink.
Height: 4 feet


Habitat Description: Disturbed habitats.
Plant Communities: Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3500 - 8500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White or pinkish     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: Funnel-shaped to 1 inch wide, growing on one side of the stalk in leaf axil.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Other     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Arrow-shaped to triangular to 2 inches long; growing on one side of the stalk. Leaves of the mature plant may be lobed at the base. Stems smooth to slightly hairy.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Dark brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Seed Notes: A well-rounded seed capsule abt 1/4 inch long replaces each flower; each 2-celled capsule contains 4 seeds. The dark seeds are 3-angled and oblong, but tapering somewhat at the ends. Each seed usually has 2 flat sides, 1 convex side and is about 1/8 inch.

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