ⓘ Mitracarpus polycladus

                                     

ⓘ Mitracarpus polycladus

Mitracarpus polycladus is a rare species of flowering plant in the coffee family known by the common name cana gorda girdlepod. It is native to Puerto Rico, where it is known only from the Guanica Commonwealth Forest in Guanica. It can also be found on the island of Saba. It grows in coastal scrub forest and dwarf forest with limestone gravel substrates. Other plants in the habitat include Bucida buceras, Bursera simaruba, Exostema caribaeum, Coccoloba microstachya, Plumeria alba, and Pilosocereus royenii.

This is a perennial herb with many erect or spreading branches, growing to around 45 cm tall. Linear or lance-shaped leaves up to 4.5 cm in length. The inflorescence is a rounded head, tiny white flowers.

This is the Federal list of endangered species of the United States. The plant is threatened by construction and repair of roads, and its small population makes it vulnerable to extinction.