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Beach morning glory: white

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Botanists know the white-flowering beach morning glory as Ipomoea imperati. At Port Aransas on June 3rd the white flowers significantly outnumbered the purple ones produced by Ipomoea pes-caprae. Here are broader and closer views of the white flowers, with a tiny spider on one in the second picture. Everywhere we looked, practically all the leaves had beach sand on them. These plants have apparently learned to cope with lesser amounts of sunshine making it through to the leaves.


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Title IX is a section of the American legal code that “protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX states: ‘No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.'”

As has too often been the case in recent years, many universities have taken to enforcing Title IX in ideological ways that deny due process and a presumption of innocence to people accused of violating it. In one such case, reported Reuters on June 2nd:

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled a former assistant professor of physics can sue Cornell University for gender discrimination over claims it disciplined him following a “skewed” investigation into a female student’s sexual harassment claims.

The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ revival of Mukund Vengalattore’s Title IX claims came in a case that one judge said was an example of a “disturbing trend” of threats to due process for university faculty accused of misconduct.

That judge was José Cabranes of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In his concurrence he wrote:

This growing “law” of university disciplinary procedures, often promulgated in response to the regulatory diktats of government, is controversial and thus far largely beyond the reach of the courts because of, among other things, the presumed absence of “state action” by so-called private universities. Thus insulated from review, it is no wonder that, in some cases, these procedures have been compared unfavorably to those of the infamous English Star Chamber.

As alleged, Cornell’s investigation of Vengalattore denied him access to counsel; failed to provide him with a statement of the nature of the accusations against him; denied him the ability to question witnesses; drew adverse inferences from the absence of evidence; and failed to employ an appropriate burden of proof or standard of evidence. In other cases and other universities the catalogue of offenses can include continuing surveillance and the imposition of double jeopardy for long-ago grievances.

You can read more from Judge Cabranes’s concurrence in a “Notable and Quotable” item from the Wall Street Journal.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 15, 2022 at 4:24 AM

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  1. Having recently discussed Rachel Carson’s fascination with clouds, I couldn’t help but notice the spectacular cloudscape in your first photo.
    As far as the sand is concerned, I find it remarkable that it only seems to accumulate on the leaves and not on the petals (unless this is attributable to the photographer’s intervention 😊).


    June 15, 2022 at 6:33 PM

    • The first picture was at least as much about the clouds as about the morning-glory-covered dune. Regarding the sand, this photographer had nothing to do with its absence from the flowers; the second picture shows things exactly as I found them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 15, 2022 at 9:50 PM

    • Check Linda’s comment, below, for an insight into why the flowers don’t have sand on them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 15, 2022 at 9:51 PM

  2. The last time I made it to the beach, on May 1, these were just beginning to appear. I suspect — or hope – there might be more of them on Galveston Island now; I’m going to try to get down there this weekend. I noticed Tanja’s comment about the sand collecting on the leaves and not the flowers, and took a look at my photos. They show the same thing; I suspect that’s partly because the leaves endure over time, and the flowers last for only a day. I’ve noticed the same thing with the beach evening primrose.

    Those are some beautiful dunes, and beautiful clouds. They certainly complement one another. There are dunes down by San Luis pass that I suspect would be as dramatically lovely, but I’m still looking for a spot with decent parking for something other than a Jeep or a 4×4.


    June 15, 2022 at 8:44 PM

    • This was our first foray to the coast since you showed us around the Galveston Island area in late 2019, so I was happy to partake once again in some of the coastal environments you regularly get to play in. Our Subaru has all-wheel drive, and yet I had a hard time maintaining traction at one entrance to Mustang Island State Park, where we saw a car getting towed out of the sand. A couple walking out warned us not to go any farther, and I backed all the way out (as there wasn’t any place to turn around without risking getting stuck).

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 15, 2022 at 10:03 PM

  3. The white flowers sure look like the evening primrose I saw in the desert. I have not thought about the sun not getting in the leaves because of the sand. Good point.

    Alessandra Chaves

    June 15, 2022 at 10:04 PM

    • Any resemblance of these white morning glories to evening primroses is coincidental, as the two are in different botanical families and even different orders. As for the beach morning glory’s leaves, I assume their thickness and rubberiness offer resistance to the wind and sand so often blowing against them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 15, 2022 at 10:18 PM

  4. It looks like bindweed (which I used to think was a species of Ipomoea).


    June 16, 2022 at 12:21 AM

  5. The beach morning glory is a beautiful dazzling white. It looks so like our terrible bindweed that can easily strangle a garden that it’s a bit of an alarming sight – eek!

    Ann Mackay

    June 16, 2022 at 4:48 PM

    • You’re not the first person who’s shuddered at the resemblance to the dreaded Old World bindweed. I’ll take your eek in stride, just as I strode through beach sand for some of my pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 16, 2022 at 5:05 PM

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