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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/21/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/21/2013)
Genus Cuspidaria DC.
PlaceOfPublication Rev. Bign. (Bibl. Univ. Geneve) 8. 1838, nom. cons.
Note TYPE: B. pterocarpa Cham. = Cuspidaria pterocarpa (Cham.) DC.
Synonym Lochmocydia Mart. ex DC., Prodr. 9: 177. 1845, pro syn. Saldanhaea Bur., Adansonia 8: 354. 1868, non Saldanha Vell., 1825. TYPE: S. lateriflora (DC.) Bur. Blepharitheca Pichon, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 92: 224. 1945. TYPE: B. floribunda (DC.) Pichon = Cuspidaria floribunda (DC.) A. Gentry.
Description Lianas, branchlets terete, with or without interpetiolar glandular fields; pseudostipules small or lacking. Leaves simple to 5-foliolate, sometimes with a simple tendril. Inflorescence a terminal panicle, often on a short lateral branch. Flowers with the calyx cupular, 5-denticulate, the teeth usually long and con- spicuous; corolla lavender, tubular-infundibuliform, puberulous outside; anthers pubescent or glabrous, the thecae divaricate, bent at the middle and strongly reflexed forward; pollen grains in tetrads; ovary linear-cylindric, lepidote, the ovules 2-4-seriate in each locule. Fruit a linear or oblong capsule, the valves more or less woody though sometimes quite thin, parallel to the septum, with conspicuously raised more or less winged lateral margins or with 2 submarginal ridges, in either case with a more or less evident central furrow on each valve; seeds thin, bialate, the wings hyaline-membranaceous.
Habit Lianas
Distribution About 10 species in continental tropical America from eastern Panama to Argentina, mostly in Brazil.
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