Common Names: Goat Weed, Stow
Habit: Capraria biflora
grows as an herbaceous perennial, up to 1 m in height, whose base
becomes woody with age. The leaves are arranged alternately, are up
to 12 cm long with a serrate margin and an acute leaf apex. The
vegetation varies from pubescent to glabrous.
The actinomorphic flowers are arranged
solitarily or in pairs in leaf axils. There are 5 unfused green,
hairy sepals in the calyx. There are 5 white petals in the in the
corolla that are fused at their base forming a short tube. There are
5 stamens fused to the base of the corolla tube. The ovary is
superior with 2 locules and numerous seeds. The fruit is a capsule.
Habitat: Capraria biflora
grows in human disturbed areas such as abandoned fields and roadsides
as well as occasionally in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation –
Woodlands (sparse coppice).
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Capraria biflora occurs on all island groups within the Bahamian
archipelago as well as all of the tropics and subtropics of the new
Capraria biflora is used in the Bahamas to treat colds and flu.
It is used in the greater Caribbean to treat fevers, diarrhea,
hemorrhoids, irritable bowels, to clean the blood and skin, to stop
vomiting and as eyewash.