Petiveria is a genus of flowering plants in the pigeonberry family, Petiveriaceae. The sole species it contains, Petiveria alliacea,[3] is native to Florida and the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the United States,[4] Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and tropical South America.[2]Introduced populations occur in Benin and Nigeria.[5] It is a deeply rooted herbaceousperennialshrub growing up to 1 m (3.3 ft) in height and has small greenish piccate flowers. The roots and leaves have a strong acrid, garlic-like odor which taints the milk and meat of animals that graze on it.[6]