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Ateleia gummifera

Ateleia gummifera (DC) D. Dietr.

Common Names:  Stinking Pea Root

Family:  Fabaceae

Habit Ateleia gummifera grows as a medium shrub to small tree up to 8 meters in height, usually smaller. The odd pinnately compound leaves are alternately arranged. There are 5-13 leaflets, each elliptic to ovate, up to 8 cm, obtuse to retuse leaflet apex, with an entire margin.

The zygomorphic flowers are arranged in axillary racemes. The calyx has 5 greenish, fused, sepals. The white corolla is reduced to a single white cup shaped petal forming the standard.  There are 10 subequal, exserted stamens.  The ovary is superior and forms a dry slightly inflated single seeded legume at maturity.

Habitat: Ateleia gummifera grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations – Forests/Shrublands (Coppice) and Pine Woodlands,

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Ateleia gummifera occurs throughout the Bahamian Archipelago, the Caribbean region, Mexico, and Central America

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Ateleia gummifera is not known to be used medicinally in the Bahamas.

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