Capraria biflora


Sp. Pl. 2: 628. 1753.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 335. Mentioned on page 334.

Stems branched, 4–20 dm, hirsute to glabrate. Leaves: blade spatulate, 30–80 × 5–35 mm, glabrous or moderately hirsute. Pedicels 5–22 mm, glabrous or glandular-pubescent. Flowers bilaterally symmetric, 10–13 mm; sepals 4–7 mm, glabrous; corolla white, with purple spots inside, tubular-funnelform, villous inside; stamens 4(or 5), didynamous; ovary glabrous; style included, 3–5 mm, glabrous or sparsely pilose. Seeds 0.4–0.5 × 0.3–0.4 mm. 2n = 28, 60 (Africa).

Phenology: Flowering fall–spring.
Habitat: Beaches, dunes, empty lots, roadways, streams.
Elevation: 0–10 m.


Introduced; Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America (e of the Andes), Pacific Islands (Galapagos Islands).


In the United States, Capraria biflora grows only in the southern tip of Florida, where it is widely distributed on the southern quarter of the peninsula as well as throughout the Florida Keys. It is commonly cultivated throughout the world for its purported healing properties.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Justin K. Williams +
Linnaeus +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America (e of the Andes) +  and Pacific Islands (Galapagos Islands). +
0–10 m. +
Beaches, dunes, empty lots, roadways, streams. +
Flowering fall–spring. +
Introduced +  and Illustrated +
Pogostoma +  and Xuarezia +
Capraria biflora +
Capraria +
species +