flexuosa (L.) L.
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Places where this species can be found :
- Annandale Falls - GRENADA
- River Sallee - GRENADA
- Palmiste - GRENADA
DescriptionShrub, sometimes with pendulous ro climbing branches. Lf blades 2-10 x 1-6cm, apex acute to notched; base rounded to acute. Flowers fragrant. Petals white to pink, 2-3.5cm long x 1-2cm. White filaments 5-7cm long. Fruits 7-30cm long x 1-2cm wide, often constricted between seeds, with narrowed basal section (narrower than ex-flower stalk and 3-14cm long).
InterestCapparis flexuosa L. Bay-leaved Caper The roots are very pungent, like horseradish, and may blister the skin (Morton 1981). Ahmed et al. (1972) reported the presence of glucocapparin in this species, from which methyl isothiocyanate is released when the plant material is crushed.
CollectorW.D. Hawthorne, S.Cable & D. Jules
LocationAt side of main road 5 km from River Sallee towards Levera.
NotesShrub 3 m tall. BARK: smooth, green with pale blotches. SLASH: fibrous, yellow, quickly turning dark brown, green outer layer, smell like tamarind. LEAVES: US flat; LS only midrib prominant, sec. and tertiary nerves darker green. FLOWERS: white. (RHS colour code: Leaf upper =137A, below=138B)