Bacopa monnieri (L.) Penn.
Common Names: Hyssop
Habit: Bacopa monnieri
grows as a creeping prostrate herb creating large dense mats. The
stems and leaves are semi succulent. The leaves are arranged
oppositely, sessile on the stem and up to 2.5 cm in length. The leaf
shape is spatulate to obovate with a rounded leaf apex and an entire
The zygomorphic flowers are solitary in
leaf axils and have two subtending bracts. There are 5 unfused,
green sepals in the calyx. There are 5 fused whitish blue petals in
the corolla. There are 4 stamens fused to the corolla tube at its
mouth. The ovary is superior with two locules and numerous seeds.
The fruit is a capsule.
Habitat: Bacopa monnieri
grows along the edges of continual and ephemeral fresh water wetlands
and in Sabal palmetto woodlands.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Bacopa monnieri occurs in the central and northern islands of the
Bahamian Archipelago as well as in the southern United States, the
Caribbean region and in the new and old world tropical latitudes.
Bacopa monnieri has no know medicinal uses in the Bahamas.
Bacopa monnieri is well known as
an Ayurvedic herb to enhance memory and cognitive ability. Extracts
are sold over the counter. It is reported to have anti-oxidant and
anti seizure properties as well.
Dosage concentration can be toxic and
lethal. There are many active compounds within this species.
Extracts should NOT be made or used
without proper training and background!!!!!