Beach Morning-glory Ipomoea imperati and Railroad Vine Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis
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Dune Restoration Plants
Convolvulaceae (taxonomic family)

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Miller, Debbie, Mack Thetford, Chris Verlinde, Gabriel Campbell, and Ashlynn Smith. 2018. “Beach Morning-Glory Ipomoea Imperati and Railroad Vine Ipomoea Pes-Caprae Subsp. Brasiliensis: SGEB-75-12/SG173, 9/2018”. EDIS 2018 (5). Gainesville, FL.


Two species of Ipomoea are found in coastal beach plant communities of the Florida Panhandle; beach morning-glory (Ipomoea imperati) and railroad vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis). Beach morning-glory and railroad vine are distinguished by the colors of their corollas and the shapes of their leaves. Beach morning-glory flowers are white with yellow and purple in the throat and leaves are elliptical and notched; whereas railroad vine has a pink to purple flower and kidney-shaped leaves. Beach morning-glory flowers occur from spring to fall, while railroad vine flowers are present year-round.

This publication is derived from information in SGEB-75/SG156, Dune Restoration and Enhancement for the Florida Panhandle, by Debbie Miller, Mack Thetford, Christina Verlinde, Gabriel Campbell, and Ashlynn Smith.
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