Goat’s foot morning glory (Ipomoea pes-caprae, Convolvulaceae) can be found on tropical ocean shores around the globe. Also known as goat’s foot vine, railroad vine, bayhops, and beach morning glory, this evergreen perennial is one of the most widely-distributed salt-tolerant plants in the world.
This plant is tolerant not only of salt but also poor soil conditions, heat, sun, and drought. Seeds can survive long periods of time in the salty ocean, and those that make it to tropical shores often thrive. This morning glory is a pioneer species, typically one of the first plants to establish itself on sandy beaches and dunes. Plants vigorously send out runners in all directions, stabilizing the soil and making it more hospitable to other plants.