Syn.: Convolvulus pes-caprae L., Ipomoea maritima (Desr.) R. Br.
Family: Convolvulaceae Juss.
Ipomoea pes-caprae
Distribution: This species occurs in almost all tropical areas of the world – tropical Northern and Southern America, Eastern Africa, Western Africa, India, Southeastern Asia, and Australia.
Ecology: Grows on coastal dunes and sand banks in tropical regions all the world. Flowers from May to November.
Ipomoea pes-caprae
Description: Evergreen, perennial herb with creeping stem up to 30 m long. The leaves are alternate, petiolate, fleshy, leathery, elliptical to orbicular, to 10 cm long. The flowers are funnel-shaped, pink to purple, each flower opens only once.
Note: The Caribbean Indians used Railroad Vine in ritual baths. The juice from the leaves has been used in Malaysia as a first aid to treat jellyfish stings.
Ipomoea pes-caprae
Ipomoea pes-caprae
Ipomoea pes-caprae
These images were taken in Oceania, the Samoa Islands, Upolu Island (by Jiří Nevěřil, October 2005), and Mauritius, Trou aux Biches (by Jindřiška Vančurová, 15. 10. 2012).