Ipomoea pes-caprae

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Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning Glories)

Kosrae: Owopuk Pohnpei: Sonsol

Jennifer Saimon (Pohnpei): Easing of labor pains. Pound the leaves. Squeeze juice out and drink. February 2004.

Shrue Kilafwasru: Young leaves can be applied to boils to get them to resolve. February 2004.

This plant is critical to holding the beach berm together. Where this plant is left undisturbed there is no erosion on Kosrae. Where people "clean" it from the berm, the berm immediately begins to erode and the shoreline erodes.