More Anguillan Wildflowers


Heliotropium currassavicum (Boraginaceae)
An herbaceous pantropical with the common names small seaside lavender, wild lavender, and salt heliotrope, it’s also found in much of the United States and even in Canada. Looks a lot like the Cryptanthas that were making me crazy last spring.


Borrichia arborescens (Asteraceae)
A low-growing shrub of rocky coastlines throughout the Carbbean, this species has the common names seaside tansy, lavender, and drug-a-man.




Erithalis fruticosa (Rubiaceae)
Black torch (or candlewood, or jack lantern) is a shurb native to Florida (where it’s threatened), Central America, Venezuela, and some of the Caribbean.



Sida ciliaris (Malvaceae) Common names include bracted fanpetals and twelve o’clock weed. It’s a perennial herb native to the tropical and subtropical Americas. Taxonomic trivia: according to Wikipedia, Sida is a “wastebasket” taxon, meaning it’s a place to put species that don’t fit into any other genera.


Strumpfia maritima (Rubiaceae) Another Caribbean native, this coastal shrub has several common names, including rosemary, pride of Big Pine, candle torch, mosquito bush, rosemarin bord de mer, and womaren bolanme.



Suriana maritima (Surianaceae) Baycedar is a pantropical shrub of coastal habitats. It flowers year round.





Tecoma stans (Bignoniaceae) Known as trumpetflower, yellow trumpetbush, yellow bells, yellow elder, and ginger-thomas in a shrub or small tree native to Central and South America




Wedelia species (Asteraceae) Wedelia is a large genus with over one hundred species, some of which have been re-assigned to other genera; many are commonly called creeping ox-eye. There simply isn’t enough information on the internet for me to say for sure which one this is. My initial tentative conclusion was W. calycina, but that name may no longer be accepted. Sometimes I just have to say “good enough” and move on. DYCs.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.