Goat's Foot Morning Glory

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Ipomea pes-caprae

Family : Convolvulaceae

This native Ipomea is a slender, trailing creeper similar to the Beach Bean (page 44). It has a thick taproot and woody rootstock, but can also root from the nodes. The leaves are broad and may be bright or dark green. They have 2 equal lobes that fold the leaf in half, which is said to resemble a goat’s foot.

The flowers are large, pinkish purple and are seen on stalks. They are broadly funnel-shaped and can appear singly or in groups.

Fruit is different to the Beach Bean. It is a woody, globular capsule that occurs on a stalk. When ripe, these split open to release 4 seeds. Both the pod and seeds are brown and woody.

The Goat’s Foot Morning Glory is found on the very fore dune and helps to develop and stabilise the dune system. Both the Beach Bean and Goat’s Foot do very well in coastal gardens as attractive creepers.


Text contributed from Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI)