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Water sweet potato

Water convolvulus

Convolvulaceae Ipomoea reptans (L.) Poir.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is closely related to sweet potato, but is grown in water. Roots are cooked and eaten by natives in the tropics, but are inferior to sweet potato. Plants are grown about pools or in tanks, mainly for the succulent leaves which are used as a pot herb resembling spinach. Plants, foliage and roots resemble sweet potato. Water convolvulus appears not to be grown in the U.S.

Last update June 27, 1996 bha