Thursday, September 3, 2009

Moon Flower

Ipomoea alba Also moon vine. This fast
growing vine appeared unbidden in a container on the
back deck. We thought it was going to produce gords.
It produced gorgeous white flowers that open in the
evening and last one night. This is a species of night
blooming morning glory.
Ancient mesoamerican civilizations used this plant to
convert the latex from the Castilla elastica tree and the
guayule plant to produce bouncing rubber balls. The
sulfur in the morning glory served to vulcanize the rubber
predating Charles Goodyear's discovery by 3,000 years.

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