Capraria biflora

Linnaeus

Sp. Pl. 2: 628. 1753.

IntroducedIllustrated
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 335. Mentioned on page 334.

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.

Distribution

Introduced; Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America (e of the Andes), Pacific Islands (Galapagos Islands)

Discussion

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.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

"dm" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.

... more about "Capraria biflora"
tubular-funnelform +, rotate +  and symmetric +
Justin K. Williams +
Linnaeus +
3 cm30 mm <br />0.03 m <br /> (8 cm80 mm <br />0.08 m <br />) +
hirsute +  and glabrous +
spatulate +
not leathery +  and not fleshy +
5mm;35mm +
bilabiate +, regular +  and symmetric +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America (e of the Andes) +  and Pacific Islands (Galapagos Islands) +
0–10 m. +
curved +  and straight +
not +  and abundant +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (1.3 cm13 mm <br />0.013 m <br />) +
Beaches, dunes, empty lots, roadways, streams. +
purple spots +
deciduous +
entire +  and subentire undulate toothed lobed divided or incised +
tenuinucellate +, unitegmic +  and hemitropous +
glandular-pubescent +  and glabrous +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (2.2 cm22 mm <br />0.022 m <br />) +
Flowering fall–spring. +
0.04 cm0.4 mm <br />4.0e-4 m <br /> (0.05 cm0.5 mm <br />5.0e-4 m <br />) +
0.03 cm0.3 mm <br />3.0e-4 m <br /> (0.04 cm0.4 mm <br />4.0e-4 m <br />) +
distinct +
lanceolate +
0.4 cm4 mm <br />0.004 m <br /> (0.7 cm7 mm <br />0.007 m <br />) +
Introduced +  and Illustrated +
ellipsoid +
pilose +  and glabrous +
0.3 cm3 mm <br />0.003 m <br /> (0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br />) +
Pogostoma +  and Xuarezia +
Capraria biflora +
Capraria +
species +
perennial +, biennial +  and annual +