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Wild Florida Photo - Ipomoea pes-caprae - Railroad vine

Ipomoea pes-caprae var. brasiliensis

Railroad vine
Bayhops
Goat's foot

Florida native

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Volusia Co. FL 07/13/10
Volusia Co. FL 07/13/10
Volusia Co. FL 07/13/10
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This member of the morning glory family is a frequent vine of beaches throughout much of Florida's coast. The range extends along the southeastern coast from Texas to South Carolina, plus Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Puerto RIco and the Virgin Islands.
The funnel-shaped corolla is lavender, darker in the center, with five ovate sepals unequal in size. The blooming season is mainly from May through November, with sporadic flowering at other times of the year. The alternate leaves are ovoid or kidney-shaped with a notch at the apex, smooth, entire, succulent and long-stalked. The fruit is a capsule with four large seeds. The glabrous vine is trailing, rooting at the nodes and branched.
This plant is an important dune protection and restoration species as it grows out onto the beach ahead of other plants typically in a straight line - prompting the common name railroad vine. The leaves catch blowing sand to start natural dune building and provide an anchor for other plants. This makes it a desirable plant in Florida and other coastal states.

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Ipomoea pes-caprae is a member of the Convolvulaceae - Morning-glory family.


Other species of the Ipomoea genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Ipomoea alba - MOONFLOWER
  Ipomoea cairica - MILE A MINUTE VINE
  Ipomoea cordatotriloba - COASTAL MORNING GLORY
  Ipomoea hederacea - IVYLEAF MORNING-GLORY
  Ipomoea hederifolia - SCARLETCREEPER
  Ipomoea imperati - BEACH MORNING-GLORY
  Ipomoea indica - OCEANBLUE MORNING-GLORY
  Ipomoea lacunosa - WHITESTAR
  Ipomoea pandurata - MAN-OF-THE-EARTH
  Ipomoea quamoclit - CYPRESSVINE
  Ipomoea sagittata - SALTMARSH MORNING-GLORY


Date record last modified: Mar 06, 2020


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