Sp. Pl. 2: 628. 1753.
Stems branched, 4–20 dm, hirsute to glabrate. Leaves: blade spatulate, 30–80 × 5–35 mm, glabrous or moderately hirsute. Pedicels 5–22 mm, glabrous or glandular-pubescent. Flowers bilaterally symmetric, 10–13 mm; sepals 4–7 mm, glabrous; corolla white, with purple spots inside, tubular-funnelform, villous inside; stamens 4 (or 5), didynamous; ovary glabrous; style included, 3–5 mm, glabrous or sparsely pilose. Seeds 0.4–0.5 × 0.3–0.4 mm. 2n = 28, 60 (Africa).
Phenology: Flowering fall–spring.
Habitat: Beaches, dunes, empty lots, roadways, streams.
Elevation: 0–10 m.
Introduced; Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America (e of the Andes), Pacific Islands (Galapagos Islands)
In the United States, Capraria biflora grows only in the southern tip of Florida, where it is widely distributed on the southern quarter of the peninsula as well as throughout the Florida Keys. It is commonly cultivated throughout the world for its purported healing properties.
"dm" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.