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Shanks, Bushy Salmea
is a semi succulent perennial shrub to 2.5 meters in height. The semi succulent leaves are arranged oppositely, rounded – obovate, up to 12 cm in length and glabrous, with an entire margin, and often apiculate leaf apex.
The hermaphroditic, complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in heads. The heads are subtended by a series of involucral bracts. The calyx is modified as 2 projections or awns (pappus). Each flower is subtended by 3 bracts. There are 8-10 flowers per head. The flowers have a corolla with 5 fused, white to pinkish petals. There are 5 stamens fused at their base. In both types of flowers the ovary is inferior with a single locule but only the imperfect flowers have functional ovules. The fruit is an achene at maturity.
in coastal areas such as Dunes, Rocky Shores, and Palm Woodlands.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
grows throughout the Bahamian Archipelago, Caribbean, and Florida.
is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.
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