Echinodorus berteroi (Spreng.) Fassett
Common Names: Bur-head
Habit: Echinodorus berteroi grows as a slightly succulent herb from a basal rosette of leaves. The leaves are ovate to rounded, parallel veined to 15 cm long and 8 cm wide with an acute leaf apex and entire margin. The petiole often exceeds the length of the leaf blade.
The actinomorphic, perfect flowers are arranged in a branching panicle. The calyx has 3 green, unfused sepals and the corolla has 3 white unfused petals. There are numerous stamens. The numerous superior carpels are on an expanded receptacle. The fruit is a ridged achene.
Habitat: Echinodorus berteroi grows in fresh water wetlands and sink holes.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Echinodorus berteroi occurs in the central and southern island groupings of the Bahamian Archipelago as well as North and Central America and the entire Caribbean region.
Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Echinodorus berteroi is not used medicinally in The Bahamian Archipelago.