Plant Listings

Merremia dissecta

Merremia dissecta (Jacq.) Hallier F.

Common Names: Noyau Vine, Cut-leaf Morning Glory

Family: Convolvulaceae

Habit: Merremia dissecta grows as a perennial herbaceous vine that is covered with sparse pubescence. The leaves are arranged alternately and to 10 cm in length. The leaf blade is palmate with 7-9 lobes.  The lobe margins are sinuate to dentate with an acuminate apex.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are solitary, though occasionally in cymes.  The calyx has 5 unfused oblong sepals.  The salverform corolla has 5 fused  petals that are white with a red center. There are 5 stamens fused to the throat of the corolla tube.  The ovary is superior with 2 locules and numerous seeds.  The fruit is a capsule at maturity. Subtending the fruit are the sepals that become dry and woody.

Merremia dissecta grows in Human Altered environments (roadsides, abandoned fields, dumps).

Merremia dissecta occurs on all island groupings in the Lucayan Archipelago as well as Florida, the Caribbean Region and Central and South America.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage:
Merremia dissecta is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.