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Myriopus poliochros

Myriopus poliochros (Spreng.) Small

Former Name: Tournefortia poliochros

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Family:  Boraginaceae

Habit: Myriopus poliochros grows as a woody climbing/trailing vine to 4 meters in length. The stems and leaves with gray tomentose pubescence.  The leaves are arranged alternately, lanceolate, to 8 cm in length with an acuminate leaf apex and an entire margin.  The leaves are tomentose on the abaxial surfaces causing the leaves to have a grayish appearance.

The complete, perfect actinomorphic flowers are arranged in terminal and axillary helicoid cymes. The calyx has 5 fused at base greenish sepals.  The corolla has 5 yellow green fused petals that form a tube with 5 terminal lobes.  There are 5 stamens fused to the throat of the corolla tube.  The ovary is superior with 4 locules.  The fruit is a drupe at maturity.

Habitat: Myriopus poliochros occurs along the edges and interiors of Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation –Woodland/Shrublands (Scrublands)

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Myriopus poliochros occurs on central and southern island groupings in the Bahamian Archipelago, Greater Antilles.

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

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