Railroad vine, Bayhops
Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis
Convolvulaceae


Landscape Uses:

Groundcover in open, coastal uplands.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

One of the most important sand-binding vines in coastal uplands throughout South Florida.
Availability:
Widely cultivated. Available at Indian Trails Native Nursery in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).
Description:
Prostrate herbaceous vine with very long stems.
Height:
Typically 3-9 inches in height; stems to 100 feet in length.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Habitats:
Beach dunes and coastal thickets.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Pioneer; grows in unconsolidated substrate in direct salt wind and spray.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Pink to reddish-purple. Rose-purple stripes radiate out from the throat.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy, 2-3" wide.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule. All year.
Wildlife and Ecology:
One of the most important beach pioneer species. Nectar plant for butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed or cuttings.
Comments:
The name "pes-caprae" means "goat's foot" referring to the shape of the leaf.


Roger L. Hammer
Susan Trammell
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