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Capricorn Coast Plants: Beach and Foreshore plants
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Goats Foot Convolvulus
Ipomoea pes-caprae ssp.
 
 
This vine is capable of growing to lengths of up to a hundred feet, but rarely ever makes it past a height of only a few inches. Its leaves are alternate, and can reach a length of 10 cm, or so. Its fleshy, glossy leaves are rounded, without teeth, and are often folded on the middle vein. A notch is often found at the apex of the leaf, possibly causing Linnaeus to refer to the plant as, "goat's foot." Its roots can reach lengths of up to 1.3 meters long, with a 6 cm. diameter, and can be found at the nodes of the vine. A Goat's foot's stem is free branching, often having a diameter of 1.5 cm. Flowers on the vine can be pink or purple, and average a length of 5 cm.
 
       
       
Coastal Jack Bean
Canavalia rosea
 
 
       
 
The beach bean occurs naturally worldwide in tropic and sub tropic areas. In northern Australia it is found from central New South Wales to Shark Bay, Western Australia. The beach bean is a perennial climbing or trailing herbaceous vine with compound, 3-lobed leaves. The leaflets are commonly 4-10 cm across and fold up under midday sun. The stems are often stringy and grow up to 3m. The beach bean also has pink to purple pea flowers, 2-3 cm, with flat, wooly seed pods, 10-15 cm. Each pod has two distinct ridges on each side and contains 4-9 large, brown beans. The beach bean is in bloom most of the summer, depending on the climate.
 
   
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