Chamaesyce hyssopifolia (L.) Small

  • Authority

    Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro & collaborators. 1996. Flora of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 78: 1-581.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Chamaesyce hyssopifolia (L.) Small

  • Description

    Species Description - Annual erect or decumbent herb, to 50 cm tall, many-branched from a woody taprooted base; stems yellowish or reddish, glabrous. Leaf blades 5-25 x 2-10 mm (those of lateral shoots smaller), oblong to lanceolate or seldom elliptic, membranous, the apex obtuse or rounded, the base rounded-cuneate and oblique, the margins minutely serrate; petioles 1-2 mm long; stipules triangular, ca. 0.5 mm long, minute, with glandular margins. Cyathia in terminal or axillary, leafy glomerules, cone-shaped; peduncles to 10 mm long; glands rounded, the appendages ear-shaped, pinkish or whitish, 2-3 mm long. Pistillate flower exserted; ovary glabrous. Capsule glabrous, deeply 3-lobed, ovoid, ca. 1.6 mm long. Seeds cuneiform, 1.0-1.1 mm long, blackish, with 2-3 transverse ridges and 1 longitudinal lighter ridge.

  • Distribution

    A common weed. Along road to Bordeaux (A2590), Cruz Bay (A3090); Fish Bay (A2499). Also on St. Thomas and Tortola; throughout tropical America.

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