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Gillian Alfredson

Ipomoea indica
blue morning glory

2019, watercolour on paper
42 x 29.7 cm

Collected 1770: Endeavour River 

Collected 2019: Kenmore Hills 

Vividly portraying the plant’s luxuriant twining habit with an intense naturalism, flowers and leaves can be appreciated from many angles and in various stages of growth and development. 

This species is a significant environmental weed in Australia, invading a wide variety of habitats. It reproduces vegetatively via rooting stems – stem fragments are commonly spread by water, animals and in dumped garden waste. 

Recorded by Banks, Solander and Parkinson, Ipomoea indica is an example of an introduced species pre-dating European arrival.

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