Ipomoea imperati (Vahl) Griseb.
Beach Morning-glory, Beach Morning Glory
Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)
Synonym(s): Ipomoea stolonifera
USDA Symbol: IPIM
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
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 InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , HI , LA , MS , NC , PA , SC , TX
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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 BankLBJWC-1069 Collected 2007-06-30 in Cameron County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Research LiteratureReslit 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Ipomoea imperati in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ipomoea imperati in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ipomoea imperati
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-03-22
Research By: TWC Staff