Beach morning glory

Ipomoea pes-caprae (Convolvulaceae)

Characteristics

Perennial, creeping vine. Grows on the upper parts of beaches, often covering large areas, and endures salted air. It is a primary sand stabilizer, being one of the first plants to colonize the dune (pioneer plant). The stems are often several meters in length, rooting at the nodes, glabrous. It has pink petals with a darker center.

Distribution

Pantropical: Found on the sandy shores of the tropical Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Natural Medical  Properties

No known.

Did you know?

“Beach morning glory” is closely related (same genus) to “Sweet potato” (Ipomoea batatas).

It is one of the most common and most widely distributed salt tolerant plants and provides one of the best-known examples of oceanic dispersal. Its seeds float and are unaffected by saltwater.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species