Talk StoryBeach Mornining Glory
Ipomoea pes-caprae

Ipomoea pes caprae

The beach morning glory or Goat’s foot, is a common tropical creeping vine, belonging to the family of Convolvulaceae. It grows on the upper parts of beaches and endures salted air. It is one of the most common and most widely distributed salt tolerant plants and provides one of the best known examples of oceanic dispersal. Its seeds float and are unaffected by salt water.

Roots and leaves were used by Hawaiians of old as famine foods, but carthartic compounds makes its use DANGEROUS. Even so, a few of the young leaf buds (mu Ľo) were eaten by women just prior to giving birth to hasten delivery. The vines were also made into a type of bushy rope attached to each of the sticks on the bag net used in fishing.The leafy vines were used as lei.