Icon. Pl. Rar. 2: 13, plate 7. 1828.
Herbs, decumbent, rooting at nodes. Leaves 2-ranked; blade lanceolate-oblong to ovate-elliptic, 5–10 × 2–3.5 cm (distal leaf blades wider or narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), margins ciliolate, apex acute, glabrous. Inflorescences terminal and axillary from distal leaf axils, 2–4 cyme pairs per stem; bracts foliaceous or more commonly reduced (especially in axillary inflorescences). Flowers distinctly pedicillate; pedicels 1–2 cm, glandular-pilose especially toward apex; sepals 5–7 mm, midrib pilose with glandular and eglandular hairs; petals distinct, white, not clawed, 9 mm; stamens free; filaments white, densely bearded with white hairs.
Phenology: Flowering spring (May).
Habitat: Under live oaks
Introduced; Fla., South America.