Common Names: Bahama Waltheria
Habit: Waltheria bahamensis grows as a herbaceous perennial to 75 cm in height that becomes woody with age at the base. The leaves are arranged alternately, oblong, to 4 cm in length with a dentate/serrate margin. The leaves are a dark bronze color and have ad- and abaxial stellate pubescence.
The actinomorphic flowers are sessile in dense clusters in leaf axils. There are 5, hairy fused sepals in the calyx. There are 5 bright yellow, unfused petals in the corolla. There are 5 fused stamens forming a tube. The ovary is superior, hairy, with a single locule and 2 or more seeds. The fruit is a follicle.
Habitat: Waltheria bahamensis grows in Pine woodlands as well as a variety of human disturbed habitats such as abandoned fields, roadsides, and old houses. It occasionally occurs along the edges of Dry Broadleaf Evergreen - Formation – Shrublands (Scrublands) and in beach strands
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Waltheria bahamensis is endemic to the Bahamian Archipelago. It is known to occur on Abaco, Andros, Berry’s, Cat, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, and New Providence islands.