Its origins are uncertain, but it has been recorded in West Africa, including in Gambia and the riparian forests of Benin, as well as Australia's Northern Territory. It is naturalised in many parts of the world, including Taiwan.
Specimens have been collected or observations taken in Australia, Belize, Benin, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, DRC, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Honduras, Indonesia, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Micronesia, Federated States of Myanmar, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo and Venezuela.
- C. Emms and Dr L.K. Barnett (January 2006). "Gambian Biodiversity: A Provisional Checklist of all Species Recorded within The Gambia, West Africa Part Three: Fungi and Plants" (PDF). University of Warwick. p. 115. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 October 2015.
- Armand Kuyema Natta. "Ecological assessment of riparian forests in Benin: Phytodiversity, phytosociology, and spatial distribution of tree species (thesis)" (PDF). Wageningen University. p. 201. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 October 2015.
- "Flora of Taiwan". National Taiwan University. p. 366. Archived from the original (image) on 10 October 2015.
-  Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Burmese Indigenous Medicinal Plants (also lists further synonyms)
- Dressler, S.; Schmidt, M. & Zizka, G. (2014). "Ipomoea mauritiana". African plants – a Photo Guide. Frankfurt/Main: Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg.
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