Stenandrium droseroides

Stenandrium droseroides Nees

Common Names: Sundew Stenandrium

Family: Acanthaceae

Habit: Stenandrium droseroides grows as an herb to 20 cm in height when in flower. The leaves are arranged in a basal rosette.  up to 4 cm in length and 1.5 cm wide, oblong to elliptic with a round leaf apex. The leaves and stems are long haired pubescent.

The complete, perfect, zygomorphic flowers are arranged in terminal spikes Each flower subtended by a pubescent bract. The calyx has 5, green unfused, linear, sepals that are slightly fused at their base.  The corolla has 5 fused, white petals in 2 sets (3 upper and side and 2 lower petals).  There are 4 stamens fused to the corolla tube.  The superior ovary has 2 locules and numerous ovules. The fruit is a capsule at maturity.

Habitat: Stenandrium droseroides grows in Pine Woodlands in rocky open areas and in open areas of Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations – Forests/Shrublands (coppice).

Distribution: Stenandrium droseroides occurs in the Lucayan Archipelago on the northern island groupings and Cuba.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Stenandrium droseroides is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.