If you travel to the Vietnam’s beaches in the summer, you will see morning glory growing wild on sandy beaches with the feature of fresh green leaves and bright purple flowers.
Ipomoea pes-caprae is also known as bayhops, beach morning glory or goat's foot, which is a common pantropical creeping vine belonging to the family Convolvulaceae. It grows on the tropical shores everywhere including throughout Southeast Asia.
This creeper has distinctive characteristics including thick, deep tap roots and takes root at the nodes, flowers large trumpet-shaped (3-5cm) thin delicate, usually pink, reddish purple or violet, and usually darker at the base, rarely white. They often bloom in the early morning and will be shriveled in the late afternoon.
Also, they often proliferate in the early summer, creating a carpet of violet-purple beach morning glory. Their fruits are a small globular with densely hairy seeds. The seeds float and are resistant to salt water, and dispersed by sea.
Besides, this flower also blooms in the autumn with a small number to take water into the body to reserve for dry season coming.
According to the old fishermen, beach morning glory blooms densely flowers in the summer, which is a prediction about the heavy rain season coming. This creeper is sensitive to humidity and blast to thrive.
There is a sad love story behind this flower about a young guy and girl named Bien and Muong. They are lovers but can’t live together. After died, Bien’ soul turned into waves and Muong’soul turned into the creeper with lush green leaves and bright purple flowers stretching to the beach.
Learn a Little about Beach Morning Glory
This creeper is found on shores of Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, etc. In Vietnam, you can see them growing wild on sandy beaches from Northern to Southern area. Nowadays, they are used as ornamental trees and planted by branch.
It grows on the upper parts of beaches and endures salted air. Its seeds float and are unaffected by salt water.
It is called vegetable but can’t be eaten because of its thorny trunk outside and toxic latex. However, if you are bitten by poisonous jellyfish, it is very useful. Also, it is used to cure diseases about rheumatism and pimples, etc.
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