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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/24/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/24/2012)
Common Escoba
Synonym CRYOSOPHILA Blume, in Rumphia 2:53, in nota. 1836. Acanthorrhiza Wendl. in Gartenfl. 18:241. 1869; Bot. Zeit. 37:147. 1879.
Description Arboreous but not very tall fan-leaved single-trunk palms, with branching and.more or less extensive root-thorns on the trunk or at least near the base of it but the plants devoid of true spines: leaf-blades glaucous or very thinly pubescent on lower surface, divided to near the base into many narrow segments: spadices interfoliar, briefly branched, usually shorter than the leaves, the clusters attended by broad and conspicuous papery more or less tomentose nodifronds: flowers hermaphrodite, the parts in 3's; petals free or connate; 6 stamens and .3 stigmas exserted from the more or less closed perianth at full anthesis, filaments united part of their length; ovary 3 -loculed: fruit drupe-like, globose, oblong or short- pyriform, 2-3 cm. or less long, exterior fleshy but usually firm at maturity, con- taining commonly a single pea-like seed.
Note Five recognized species, Mexico to Panama. One of them, the Mexican C. nana (Acanthorrhiza acuteata, A. Mocinii) has been grown in palm houses.
Key a. Lower surface of leaf-blade finely but definitely appressed-pubescent, nerves not rusty, and also silvery:, fruit more or less pyriform, often 2.5 cm. long . - _ - _ - - - _ - --------- - 1. C. WARSCEWICZII aa. Lower surface of leaf-blade dull white-tomentose and usually also silvery, nerves brownish to rusty: fruit short-obovoid to globose, 17 mm. or less long _ 2. C. ALBIDA
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