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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/12/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/12/2012)
Genus LICARIA Aublet
PlaceOfPublication Pl. Guian. 1:313, t. 121. 1775.
Synonym Misanteca Schlect. & Cham. in Linnaea 6:367. 1831. Acrodiclidium Nees, Laur. Expos. 13. 1833. Chazekia Lundell in Phytologia 1:177. 1937.
Description Evergreen trees or shrubs. Leaves usually alternate or occasionally opposite, the blades chartaceous or coriaceous, penninerved, usually somewhat thickened along the margin. Inflorescence usually of axillary and subterminal few- to many- flowered panicles. Involucre lacking. Flowers perfect. Perianth-tube usually distinct, occasionally short or even lacking. Perianth-lobes usually approximately equal. Stamens of ser. I & II small, only occasionally petaloid, and occasionally aborted, those of ser. III fertile, filamentous or sessile, usually biglandular, the anthers 2-celled, extrorse or apically extrorse. Staminodia usually absent. Ovary glabrous or sericeous, immersed in tube. Style slender. Stigma minute. Fruit first included in the enlarged tube, finally exserted, the base enclosed in a simple and thinly margined or thick and double-, rarely triple-margined cupule.
Habit trees shrubs
Note The genus consists of 48 recognized species, 32 of which are native to South America, 6 each from Mexico and Central America, including a single species from Panama, and 4 from West Indies. Timber good for general construction, but too scarce to be used to any great extent commercially.
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