Turbina corymbosa

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Turbina corymbosa
Turbina corymbosa (Ipomoea cymosa) Bot. Reg. 29. 24. 1843.jpg
Turbina corymbosa flowers
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Turbina
Species: T. corymbosa
Binomial name
Turbina corymbosa
(L.) Raf.

Convolvulus corymbosus L.
Rivea corymbosa (L.) Hallier f.
Ipomoea corymbosa (L.) Roth
Ipomoea burmannii Choisy

Turbina corymbosa, syn. Rivea corymbosa, is a species of morning glory, native throughout Latin America from Mexico as far south as Peru and widely naturalised elsewhere. Its common names include Christmasvine,[1] Christmaspops, and snakeplant.[2]


Known to natives of north and central Mexico by its Nahuatl name Ololiúqui (also spelled ololiuhqui or ololiuqui) and by the south eastern natives as xtabentún (in Mayan), it is a perennial climbing vine with white flowers, often planted as an ornamental plant. This plant also occurs in Cuba, where it usually blooms from early December to February. Its flowers secrete copious amount of nectar, and the honey the bees make from it is very clear and aromatic. It is considered one of the main honey plants from the island.

Other Names[edit]

The Nahuatl word ololiuhqui means "round thing", and refers to the small, brown, oval seeds of the morning glory, not the plant itself, which is called coaxihuitl, "snake-plant", in Nahuatl, and hiedra, bejuco or quiebraplatos in the Spanish language. The seeds, in Spanish, are sometimes called semilla de la Virgen (seeds of the Virgin Mary)[citation needed]. While little of it is known outside of Mexico, its seeds were perhaps the most common used by the natives.

The seeds are also used by Native shamans in order to gain knowledge in curing practices and ritual, as well as the causes for the illness.


This species is an invasive species to the United States as well as to Australia, where it has become more naturalized.


  1. ^ "Tulipa corymbosa". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "USDA GRIN Taxonomy". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

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