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Published In: Symbolae Antillanae seu Fundamenta Florae Indiae Occidentalis 3: 376. 1903. (Symb. Antill.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Picardaea includes one species of shrubs and small trees with medium-sized leaves and inflorescences. The plants are distinctive in their cymes with several rather large flowers separated on well developed pedicels. Also characterisic are the obovate leaves; small stipules that are triangular on each interpetiolar side, fused to the petioles, an and often also shortly united around the stem; terminal cymose inflorescences with well developed axes and pedicels; 5-merous flowers with short, truncate to shallowly calyx limbs; fleshy, funnelform, red to purple corollas with the lobes valvate in bud; and ellipsoid loculicidal capsules with numerous small angled seeds. This genus was studied and illustrated in detail by Delprete (1999). The corollas are light-colored on the inside and have the anthers and stigmas shortly exserted, and appear to be adapted for bat pollination. Two species were recognized for some time in this genus, but Delprete analyzed them with additional modern documentation and concluded they are not distinct.

In a molecular systematic study Kainulainen et al. (2010) found Picardaea in the Tribe Condamineeae, and related to Pogonopus.

Picardaea is similar to Dolichodelphys, from the Andes; Delprete (1999: 20) separated these by the capsules narrowly cylindrical and the seeds ovoid in Dolichodelphys, vs. "oblong" (i.e., ellipsoid) capsules and irregularly 3--4-angled seeds in Picardaea. Picardaea is also similar to Macbrideina, also from the Andes; Macbrideina differs in its corolla lobes that are convolute in bud and its large, ligulate, caducous stipules.

Author: C.M. Taylor
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Distribution: Humid forest and thickets, often if not usually on limestone, at 50-1200 m in eastern Cuba and western to central Hispaniola (Haiti, Dominican Republic).

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