Anastraphia paucifloscula (Wr. Ex Hitch.) Jervis ex Cabrera
Formerly: Gochnatia paucifloscula
Common Names: Carajo Bush
Habit: Anastraphia paucifloscula grows as a medium to large shrub up to 3 meters in
height. The leaves are arranged alternately, to 3 cm in length,
coriaceous with a round leaf apex and a spiny revolute leaf margin.
The leaf surface is tomentose on the abaxial surface.
The actinomorphic flowers are arranged
in heads in leaf axis and the tips of branches. The heads contain
6-12 flowers and are subtended by an involucre composed of 3-4 series
of linear phyllaries that only slight recurved when the head is
mature. The calyx is modified as hairs forming a pappus. The corolla
has 5 fused, orange petals. There are 5 stamens fused along their
filaments. The carpel has an inferior ovary with a single locule and
seed. The fruit is an achene at maturity covered with the pappus at
one end to assist in dispersal.
G. paucifloscula is
differentiated from G. ilicifolia in that the involucre forms
a cup and the phyllaries are only slightly recurved.
Habitat: Anastraphia paucifloscula grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation –
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Anastraphia paucifloscula occurs in the central and southern
islands of the Bahamian Archipelago as well as Cuba.
Anastraphia paucifloscula is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.