Trichostigma octandrum

(Linnaeus) H. Walter

in H. G. A. Engler, Pflanzenr. 83[IV,39]: 109. 1909.

Common names: Hoopvine
Basionym: Rivina octandra Linnaeus Cent. Pl. II, 9. 1756
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 11. Mentioned on page 10.

Plants suberect, to 10 m, glabrous. 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.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Hammocks, roadsides, and disturbed sites
Elevation: 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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Mark A. Nienaber +  and John W. Thieret +
(Linnaeus) H. Walter +
Rivina octandra +
Hoopvine +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +  and South America. +
0-30 m +
Hammocks, roadsides, and disturbed sites +
Flowering spring. +
in H. G. A. Engler, Pflanzenr. +
Illustrated +
Trichostigma octandrum +
Trichostigma +
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