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Ipomoea imperati (Beach morning-glory)
Cressler, Alan

Ipomoea imperati

Ipomoea imperati (Vahl) Griseb.

Beach Morning-glory, Beach Morning Glory

Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)

Synonym(s): Ipomoea stolonifera


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)

The Beach Morning Glory is a member of the morning glory family (family Convolvulaceae) which includes trees, shrubs, vines and herbs, commonly with handsome, funnel-shaped flowers. Flowers: radially symmetrical; sepals 5; corolla of 5 united petals, almost unlobed on the rim; stamens 5. Corolla attached at base of ovary. Leaves: alternate, simple. About 50 genera and 1,400 species occur, mostly in temperate and tropical regions. Some species are cultivated for their handsome flowers - and one, the sweet potato, for its edible underground fleshy stems.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Texture: Leathery
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems trailing, up to about 30 feet long.
Flower: Flowers up to 2 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , FL , GA , HI , LA , MS , NC , PA , SC , TX


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1069 Collected 2007-06-30 in Cameron County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Research Literature

Reslit 843 - The biological flora of coastal dunes and wetlands. Ipomoea imperati (Vahl) Griseb (1999) R. I. Lonard and F. W. Judd
Reslit 982 - Vegetational analysis and floristics of four communities in the Big Ball Hill region of Padre Island National Seashore (2000) A. D. Nelson, J. R. Goetze, I. G. Negrete, V. E. F...
Reslit 2240 - Flower polymorphism in the beach plant, Ipomoea imperati (Vahl.) Grisebach (Convolvulaceae) (1989) C. Sobrevila, L. M. Wolfe and C. Murcia
Reslit 2320 - Nomenclature and Typification of Ipomoea imperati (Convolvulaceae) (1983) V. Lavalva and S. Sabato

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

USDA: Find Ipomoea imperati in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ipomoea imperati in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ipomoea imperati


Record Modified: 2023-03-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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