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White Ink Berry, Hawaiian Sea Lettuce, Sea Lettuce
grows as shrub to 4 m occasionally rooting at the nodes when buried by sand to create large hedges. The leaves are arranged alternately to 25 centimeters long and 10 centimeters wide, with a notched leaf apex. The blades are ovate/obovate/oblanceolate. There are white hairs in the axils and branch tips.
The complete, perfect, zygomorphic flowers are in cymes arising in leaf axils. The calyx has 5 fused, green sepals subtended by 2 bracts. The corolla splits forming an apparent half flower appearance and has 5 fused pinkish white petals covered with hairs at their base. There are 5 functional stamens fused to the side of the corolla. The inferior ovary with 2 locules and 2 ovules. The fruit is a drupe turning white at maturity.
grows in Dunes and Human Altered Environments.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
is native to the South Pacific and Hawaii. Now occurring as Non-Native Invasive throughout the Bahamian Archipelago, Caribbean, and Florida.
is not used medicinally in the Bahamian Archipelago.
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