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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Ipomoea pes-caprae (L.) R. Br. subsp. brasiliensis
(L.) Van Ooststr.
Railroad vine, Bayhops

Ipomoea pes-caprae
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Convolvulaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Apparently Secure

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1884 by J. Cosmo Melvill for the island of Key West.  Reported in 1907 by C.F. Millspaugh for the lower sandy Keys.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for coastal sand dunes and shores throughout the Florida Keys.  We consider this native and extant throughout the Florida Keys.

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Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis has been reported from the following 15 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Attwood Addition, Indian Key Historic State Park Present Native
Bahia Honda State Park Present Native
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Native
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Curry Hammock State Park Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
Dry Tortugas National Park Present Native
Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Little Hamaca Park Present Native
Long Key State Park Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Snake Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Sugarloaf Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native




Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Beach Dune
Disturbed Upland


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Ipomoea pes-caprae
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Ipomoea pes-caprae
Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Ipomoea pes-caprae
Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Ipomoea pes-caprae
Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Ipomoea pes-caprae
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Ipomoea pes-caprae
Copyright by: Shirley Denton