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Mitreola petiolata

Mitreola petiolata (J.F. Gmel.) Torr. & Gray

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Family: Loganiaceae

Habit: Mitreola petiolata grows as a glabrous, herbaceous annual up to 1 m in height. The leaves are arranged oppositely, to 8 cm long (usually smaller), ovate to elliptic and an acuminate leaf apex with an entire margin. 

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are in terminal or axillary cymes. The calyx has 5 fused at the base sepals. The corolla has 5 fused white petals. There are 5 anthers are fused at the base to the corolla.  The superior ovary has 2 locules and multiple ovules. The fruit is an elongate horned capsule.

Habitat: Mitreola petiolata grows in freshwater areas and areas that remain wet for extended periods (ditches, low patches, grasslands).

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Mitreola petiolata occurs in the northern island groupings of the Bahamian Archipelago, the southern United States and tropical regions of the world.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Mitreola petiolata is not known to be used medicinally in the Bahamas.

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