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New insect species discovered at The Preserve!
1/9/2017 4:41:09 PM
L. B. Smith
No common name
grows without discernible stems up to 50 cm (excluding inflorescence) in height. The light green leaves are in a rosette forming a series of cups at their base that can hold water and detritus. The leaves are parallel veined, lanceolate, to 3 cm wide at the base and 0.5 m in length.
The actinomorphic flowers, each with a subtending bract, are arranged in a bipinnate-spike that is 2 -4 times the length of the leaves. The lower bracts are leaf like while the upper are tightly appressed to the peduncle. There are 3 green unfused sepals in the calyx that exceed the length of the bracts. There are 3 green unfused petals in the corolla. There are 6 stamens that are shorter than the petals. The ovary is superior with 3 locules and numerous seeds. The fruit is a capsule that is equal in length to the sepals. Each seed has a tuft of hair to assist in dispersal.
grows as an epiphyte on trees and shrubs in very wet coppices.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
is known to occur on Andros Island in the Bahamian Archipelago as well as Florida, the Caribbean region and Central America.
is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.
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