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Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/13/2013)
Species Cyrilla racemiflora L.
PlaceOfPublication Mant. PI. 1: 50, 1767.-Fig. 1.
Description Trees (in Panama) with thick, rough, brown bark; diam ca 45 cm; branches glabrous, terete; branchlets subterete to angulate, glabrous. Leaves crowded towards the ends of the branches, the blade oblanceolate, narrowly cuneate at base, acute to subobtuse at apex, recurved marginally, coriaceous, glabrous, the midvein prom- inent beneath, densely reticulate, 2-9 cm long, 1-2.4 cm broad; petiole to! 4 mm long, glabrous. Racemes 3.5-1.0 cm long, borne in the upper axils, erect to pendu- lous, glabrous; peduncles 4-10 mm long, glabrous; bracts 0.5-1.5 mm long, lance- olate, glabrous, persistent, ascending in bud, spreading to descending after anthesis. Flowers ascending in bud, spreading at anthesis, pedicellate, the pedicel 1-2 mm long, glabrous; bracteoles paired, alternate to opposite, 0.5-1 mm long, lanceolate, basally thickened, usually persistent, borne above the middle of the pedicel, spread- ing after anthesis; sepals 5, free, ovate-lanceolate to deltoid, acute at apex, 0.4-0.7 mm long, imbricate in bud; petals 5, inserted on a small glandular disk, o0blong- lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, acute at apex; stamens opposite the petals, 1.5-2 mm long, the filaments terete, the anthers versatile; ovaries sessile, 2-3(-4) -locular, the style persistent, the stigma 2-4-lobed. Fruits dry, globose, ovoid to oblong- ovoid, 1.6-2.7 mm in diam; seeds elongate; cotyledons short, inferior; radicle superior.
Habit Trees
Distribution This species is widely distributed in southeastern United States, the West Indies, British Guiana, Venezuela and is known from northwestern Brazil and southeastern Colombia. Previously the only reported collections in Central Amer- ica were from Oaxaca, Mexico and British Honduras.
Specimen PANAMA: E slope of Cerro Jefe, Blum & Duke 2180 (MO).
Note Since the Panamanian material of C. racemiflora has only been collected in fruit, most of the floral descriptions have been taken from the recent monograph of the family by Thomas (Contr. Gray Herb. Harvard Univ. 186: 77-104, fig. 24-41, map, 1960). Information concerning the variation and synonymy of this species is available in the monograph. A chromosome number of n = 20 in most cells was reported by Thomas (loc. cit. 25) from specimens from northern Florida.
 
 
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