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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/22/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/22/2013)
Species Podranea ricolasiana (Tanfani) Sprague in Thiselton-Dyer,
PlaceOfPublication Fl. Cap. 4(2): 450. 1904.
Synonym Tecoma ricolasiana Tanfani, Bull. Soc. Tosc. Ortic. 1887: 17. 1887. TYPE: (not seen). Pandorea ricolasiana (Tanfani) Baill., Hist. P1. 10: 40. 1888.
Description Vine or subscandent shrub. Leaves imparipinnately compound, usually 7-9 foliolate, without tendrils, the leaflets more or less ovate, obtuse to short- acuminate, serrate, truncate to cuneate or somewhat attenuate, 2.5-3.8 cm long and. 1.5-2.0 cm wide, petiolulate. Inflorescence a terminal panicle. Flowers with the calyx large, cupular-campanulate, 1.5-2 cm long, strongly 5-dentate with apiculate lobes, pale lavender when fresh; corolla pale lavender or pinkish with a magenta patch at the base of the 2 adaxial lobes, the tube white with deep magenta lines inside and some pinkish splotches near the base, cam- panulate above a short cylindric base, 6-8 cm long, with scattered lepidote scales on the lobes, glandular-pubescent at the level of stamen insertion inside and pubescent with kinky trichomes in the sinuses between lobes, otherwise glabrous; stamens didynamous, the thecae divaricate, 3 mm long, the longer filaments 1.9-2.0 cm long, shorter filaments 1.4-1.5 cm long, the staminode 3 mm long, inserted ca. 10 mm from base of corolla tube; pistil 3.2-3.4 cm long, the ovary linear, glabrous, 5 mm long and 1.5 mm wide, the ovules 6-seriate in each locule; disc pulvinate, 0.5 mm long and 1.5-2.0 mm wide. Capsule (Sprague) linear and leathery.
Habit Vine or subscandent shrub.
Distribution This species is native to South Africa but is widely cultivated in tropical regions.
Note It is a conspicuous ornamental, flowering through most of the year but seldom setting fruit in cultivation.
Specimen CHIRIQUI: Bambito, 1 mi. SW of Cerro Punta, Tyson 5673 (MO, SCZ).
 
 
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