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Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae

The Railroad Vine is a pioneering species common on beach dunes.
It's flowers are characteristic "Moonflower" size and shape (see also: White Moonflower, Ipomoea alba).
Without flowers or seeds to indicate which species the plant is,
one has to look closely at the plant's leaves to distinguish it from the Beach Pea, Canavalia rosea


Also, do not confuse the seeds of the Railroad Vine with the similar (but larger) seeds of the Wood Rose, Merremia tuberosa.


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Railroad Vine seeds (photo: Ed Perry)


Railroad Vine in full bloom (photo: Ed Perry)


Railroad Vine flower (photo: Ed Perry)


Railroad Vine, growing on sand dunes.


Immature Railroad Vine seed pods.



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