Badiera oblongata Britt.
Former Name: Polygala oblongata
Habit Badiera oblongata grows as a shrub to 4 m in height. The trunk to 20 cm in diameter. The leaves are arranged alternately, to 8 cm in length, oblong with an retuse to emarginate leaf apex and entire margin.
The zygomorphic, perfect flowers are arranged axillary in groups. The calyx has 5 whitish green, unfused, sepals. The corolla has 5 whitsh green petals with the lower 2 forming a keel. There are 6 stamens located within the keel. The ovary is superior with 2 locules. The fruit is a winged capsule at maturity that is oval in outline. The seed is blue with a red aril at its base.
Habitat: Badiera oblongata grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation – Shrubland (coppice- scrubland).
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Badiera oblongata occurs on all island groupings within the Bahamian Archipelago as well as Cuba.
Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Badiera oblongata has been used medicinally in the Bahamas to treat gastrointestinal issues (Constipation, induce vomiting).