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Chromolaena corymbosa

Chromolaena corymbosa (Aubl.) R.M. King & H. Rob.


Common Names:  No Common Name


Family: Asteraceae


Habit: Chromolaena corymbosa a woody perennial shrub to 2 meters in height. The leaves are arranged oppositely, to 5 cm in length, ovate, with a crenate leaf margin.  


The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in corymbs of heads subtended an involucre made of 4 series of phyllaries. The calyx is modified as hairs forming a pappus.  The corolla has 5, fused white to lavender petals.  There are 5 stamens fused to the base of the corolla.  The ovary is inferior with a single locule.  The fruit is an achene at maturity that retains the modified calyx (pappus).


Habitat: Chromolaena corymbosa in coastal areas in a sand substrate.


Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Chromolaena corymbosa occurs in the central Bahamas, the southern Caribbean region and northern South America.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Chromolaena corymbosa is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.


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