Synonyms of Convolvulus arvensis (39) (Updated on 3-5-21): Convolvulus ambigens House, Convolvulus arvensis var. auriculatus (Desr.) Choisy, Convolvulus arvensis var. biflorus Choisy, Convolvulus arvensis subsp. crispatus Franco, Convolvulus arvensis f. decarrhabdotus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. decemvulnerus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis var. hastulatus Meisn., Convolvulus arvensis var. linearifolius Choisy, Convolvulus arvensis var. multiflorus Choisy, Convolvulus arvensis f. notatus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis var. obtusifolius Choisy, Convolvulus arvensis f. pallidinotatus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. pallidiroseus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis var. parvifolius Choisy, Convolvulus arvensis f. pentarrhabdotus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. pentastictus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. perroseus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis var. pumilus Choisy, Convolvulus arvensis f. quinquevulnerus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis var. villosus Choisy, Convolvulus auriculatus Desr., Convolvulus cherleri C.Agardh ex Roem. & Schult., Convolvulus cirrhosus R.Br., Convolvulus corsicus Roem. & Schult., Convolvulus europaeus Barb.-Gamp., Convolvulus hastatus Forssk., Convolvulus hastifolius Poir., Convolvulus incanus var. glabratus Farw., Convolvulus mahur Buch.-Ham. ex Wall., Convolvulus malcolmii Roxb., Convolvulus minor Gilib., Convolvulus prostratus F.W.Schmidt, Convolvulus quinquelobus Lindem., Convolvulus sagittatus Dulac, Convolvulus sagittifolius Fisch. ex Choisy, Convolvulus sagittifolius Salisb., Convolvulus segobricencis Pau, Pantocsekia illyrica Griseb., Strophocaulos arvensis (L.) Small
Convolvulus arvensis L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Field Bindweed. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 202 accepted species in the Convolvulus genus (as of 3-5-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Convolvulaceae family with 59 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made (and likely will).
Convolvulus arvensis is very widespread as you can see by the above map from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple is where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America is similar. The species may be more widespread than the maps show.
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One of the many plants I haven’t encountered before on my farm is the Convolvulus arvensis commonly known as the Field Bindweed. There were several flowering in the front area of a friend’s pasture with white flowers with five pale pink stripes. I saw one on the west side with all white flowers and information on Midwest Weeds and Wildflowers says they are commonly all-white or mostly pink. There are five pink bracts on the underside of the flowers which may be why the flowers appeared to have pink stripes. The bracts on the underside of the flower distinguish it from the Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium). Their roots can grow from 8 to 30 feet deep with stems up to 9 feet long. Their roots can send up many shoots and a group of these can spread up to 20′ per year. They produce LOTS of seeds that are viable for up to 30 years!
The leaves kind of reminded me of small Morning Glories.
From the underside, you can see the five pink bracts.
In another area, there were plants with white flowers.
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