Convolvulaceae: Morning Glory Family
This family contains some of the common beach plants found along tropical shores. The morning glories are fast growers and can often cover entire sections of beach or invade tree canopies. A few of the species contain lysergic acid amides (LSD). The seeds must be eaten, but care should be taken because of the risk of overdosing.
Several Morning Glories are also seen as problematic invasive weeds because of their ability to quickly take over a disturbed habitat. Many of these plants are vines and use this to overtake other plants. Field Bindweed carpets the ground and has such deep rootstalks that it is difficult to irradicate.
Systematics: Plants are dicots. Twinning herbs and shrubs. Leaves are simple and alternate. Petals are 5-merous. Flowers have both male and female parts (bisexual).
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Video clip of an example of this family: Field Bindweed