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Threatened species

Desert Cow-Vine - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Ipomoea diamantinensis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 03 Jan 2019


Small hairless annual forb, with thick and hollow trailing stems. Leaves lance-shaped to oblong, 5-15 cm long, 2-8 cm wide, the base blunt or with 2 spreading lobes, the stalk 2-10 cm long. Flowers trumpet-shaped, creamish white, swollen at the top and faintly 5-lobed. Fruit an almost spherical capsule, 9-17 mm in diameter, 2-segmented and usually containing 3 woolly seeds each 6 mm long.


Occurs north from near Goodooga, in the north-western slopes and plains of NSW. Localities include Narran River and Inverell. The species is distributed widely across northern Australia in Qld, SA, the NT and WA.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows on clay soils on floodplains, often in shallow water and mud on cracking grey clay.
  • Interstate habitats include low-lying grasslands with scattered Atalaya hemiglauca, Acacia georgensis, gums and boxes, swamp margins and billabongs, a small floodway with Acacia stenophylla, and the water surface of a watercourse with other aquatic plants.
  • Associated species include Astrebla squarrosa, Astrebla elymoides, Eremophila bignoniiflora and Muehlenbeckia cunninghamii.
  • Flowers mainly summer to autumn.
  • Plants recorded as occasional to frequent in populations, with several sites recording only one plant.
  • Plants often grow in mud with stems trailing out and over the water. As a prostrate climber, the species can cover areas as large as 10 x 10 m, producing stunning, white-edged, deep-pink throated flowers.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthNarrandool Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCulgoa-Bokhara Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsWarrambool-Moonie Predicted None
Mulga LandsNebine Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Sands Known None