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Metastelma blodgettii

Metastelma blodgettii A. Gray

Former Name: Cynanchum blodgettii

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Family: Apocynaceae

Habit: Metastelma blodgettii grows as a glabrous, climbing vine to over 1 m in length.  The leaves are oppositely arranged, to 4 cm, linear to linear oblong, with an entire margin and acute leaf apex.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in axillary cymes. The calyx has 5 unfused sepals. The corolla has 5 pubescent, unfused greenish white to purple petals. There are 5 unfused stamens. Within the flower there are appendages (crown) that arise from the corolla. The superior ovary has 2 locules with many ovules.  The fruit is a follicle at maturity.

Habitat: Metastelma blodgettii grows near fresh and saltwater wetlands as well as Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation – Shrublands, Pine Woodlands, Dunes Rocky Shores, and along roadsides.

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Metastelma blodgettii occurs on the northern island groupings within the Bahamian Archipelago, Florida.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Metastelma blodgettii is not known to be used medicinally in the Bahamian Archipelago.