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FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 4 | Phytolaccaceae | Trichostigma

1. Trichostigma octandrum (Linnaeus) H. Walter in H. G. A. Engler, Pflanzenr. 83[IV,39]: 109. 1909.


Rivina octandra Linnaeus, Cent. Pl. II, 9. 1756

Plants suberect, to 10 m, gla-brous. Leaves: petiole 0.6-3.5(-5) cm; blade elliptic, elliptic-lanceolate or oblong to ovate, to 15 × 7 cm, base rounded to cuneate, apex acuminate or acute to obtuse. Racemes 5-10 cm; peduncle 1.3-3 cm; pedicel 3-10 mm. Flowers sepals white or greenish white to red or purplish in age, ovate to obovate, 3-6 mm. Berries 4-6 mm diam. Seeds black, lenticular, 4-5 mm.

Flowering spring. Hammocks, roadsides, and disturbed sites; 0-30 m; Fla.; Mexico; West Indies; Central America; South America.

In the West Indies, strips of bark from Trichostigma octandrum are woven into attractive baskets; the flexible stems are used as barrel hoops. The young leaves, cooked in one or two waters, are said to be a nutritious vegetable.


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