Plant Listings

Crossopetalum aquifolium

Common Names: No known common name

Family:  Celestraceae

Habit Crossopetalum aquifolium grows along the ground rarely above 15 cm in height, spreading in patches up to 75 cm in diameter.  The leaves are arranged oppositely, ovate, with a margin that is spinose with extended pointed teeth.

The flowers are arranged in few-flowered groups in leaf axils.  The calyx has 2 unfused greenish sepals.  The corolla has 4 unfused greenish-white petals.  There are 4 stamens.  The inferior ovary has 4 locules.  The fruit is a red berry at maturity that is sessile on the stem.

Habitat: Crossopetalum aquifolium grows along the ground in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation – Forest/Shrubland (Coppice) on limestone substrate and in Pine Woodlands.

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Crossopetalum aquifolium occurs in the central and northern island groupings in the Bahamian Archipelago and in Cuba.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Crossopetalum aquifolium has no known medicinal use in the Bahamas.