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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 8/21/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 8/21/2013)
Species Cephaelis kennedyi Dwyer
Note TYPE: Panama, Kennedy 1779 (MO, holotype).
Description Subshrubs to 2 m tall, the branchlets terete, smooth, glabrous, the nodes well spaced. Leaves narrowly oblong or -obovate oblong, 4-9 cm long, 0.8-3.0 cm wide, obtuse toward the apex, often abruptly acuminate, the acumen to 1 cm long, often falcate, ultimately obtuse or acute, basally acute or cuneate, slightly inequilateral, the costa prominulous above, prominulous beneath, ca. 0.35 mm wide, the lateral veins ca. 20, widely arcuate, subprominent, chartaceous, gla- brous; petioles to 1 cm long, 0.8 mm wide, glabrous; stipules connate, the sheath cupshaped, to 2 mm long, truncate, with narrowly subulate bodies, to 1 mm long, yellow when dry, with 2 terminal subulate bristles arising immediately below the margin of the sheath, these bifid above the middle, often longer than the sheath. Inflorescences terminal, sessile or subsessile, capitate, oblong, to 0.6 cm long,
Habit Subshrubs
Description to 0.5 cm wide, outer bracts 2, oblong, 5.5-6.0 mm long, ca. 4 mm wide, obtuse, subcoriaceous, glabrous, subplane, with numerous fimbriate glands within at the base; interior bracts 2, somewhat stiff, concave, with a few basal bristles; flowers 8-10, each flower enclosed in 3 bracteoles. Flowers with the hypanthium to 0.5 mm long, the calycine cup 0.5 mm long, somewhat swollen, stiffly petaloid, gla- brous, rigidly petaloid, the teeth variable, sometimes absent, sometimes disposed as 5 minute points, sometimes with 2 unequal teeth, to 0.3 mm long, sometimes with one tooth and sometimes the margin with one oblong petaloid obtuse lobe to 2.5 mm long, and to 1.5 mm wide; corolla with the tube cylindrical and inflated, to 3.2 mm long, rigidly petaloid, glabrous without, barbate within near the fila- ment attachment region, the lobes 5, the anthers oblong, ca. 1 mm long, the filaments linear, attached above the middle of the tube; style to 0.1 mm long, the stigmas 2, 0.2 mm long, the ovarian disc compressed rotund, 0.6 mm long, con- spicuously 2-lobed. Fruits not seen.
Note Cephaelis kennedyi is named in honor of Dr. Helen Kennedy, a student of the flora of Panama. The new species is known only from Panama. It is clearly distinguished from its closest relative, C. mucosa (Jacq.) Sw., by its much re- duced heads and its calycine cup either lacking teeth or exhibiting a great range of variability in the shape and in the size of the teeth. A bladelike lobe on the calyx cup of one flower may be an anomaly.
Specimen PANAMA: 6 km from above the Panamerican Highway on the road from El Llano to Carti-Tupile, Kennedy 1779 (MO). SAN BLAS: trail to Dari6n from Puerto Obaldia, 10-15 km WSW of Puerto Obaldia, Mori et al. 6859 (MO).
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