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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 991. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/19/2010)
Acceptance : Accepted
Taxon Profile     (Last Modified On 6/5/2013)
Generic Distribution: Not Endemic to the Malagasy Region
No. of species in Fl. Madagasc.: Not published
Accepted Published Species: 1 indigenous non-endemic
Estimated Undescribed Species: none
Estimated Total Species: 1 indigenous non-endemic
Additional Taxonomic Work: not currently required
Species Level Data Entry: Complete

Guettarda is characterized by its woody habit; interpetiolar triangular stipules; axillary cymose inflorescences with the higher order axes often distinctively scorpioid; sessile usually white to pink flowers; short calyx limbs; 4-9 calyx lobes, corolla lobes, and stamens; ovary with 4-9 locules, with a single ovule in each locule; and fleshy drupaceous fruits with a single, often rather large pyrene with 4-9 spaces or locules inside that each contain one seed. Guettarda is similar to Antirhea.

Guettarda has been circumscribed for a long time as a pantropical genus, but recently (Achille et al., 2006) the systematics of this group have been shown to be quite complex. These plants are far from understood, but happily our species is the type of the genus so its name will not change. Guettarda speciosa is a small tree found along tropical sea coasts through the Pacific Islands, Asia, the Mascarenes, and our region and in its westernmost range reaches a small area of the coast of East Africa.

Evaluated by: S. Andriambololonera (Feb 2008)
Compiled or updated by: C.M. Taylor VI (Jul 2011)



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