Plant Listings

Piriqueta cistoides

Piriqueta cistoides (L.) Griseb.

Former Name: Piriqueta carolininana

Common Names: No known common name

Family: Passifloraceae

Habit: Piriqueta cistoides grows as a perennial herb with a slightly woody base up to 60 cm in height.  The entire plant may be glabrous to pubescent (stellate) often with yellow brown trichomes.  The leaves are arranged alternately, to 5 cm in length, linear to lanceolate.  The leaf has an entire to crenate margin, with an acute leaf apex.

The actinomorphic flowers are in short terminal and axillary racemes.  The calyx has 5 fused, at their base, green sepals. The corolla has 5 unfused bright yellow petals with visible veins.  There are 5 unfused stamens. The ovary is superior with a single locule and many seeds.  The fruit is a round capsule at maturity.

Habitat: Piriqueta cistoides grows in human disturbed habitats (roadsides, houses, abandoned fields), Pine Woodlands, as well as long the edges of Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation – Woodlands/Shrublands.

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Piriqueta cistoides occurs on the northern (pine) islandsin  the Bahamian Archipelago, Cuba and Hispaniola as well as the southern United States.

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