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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 1/17/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/17/2013)
Genus TROPHIS P. Br.
PlaceOfPublication Hist. Jam. 357. 1756
Reference L. Syst. Nat. ed. 10. 1289. 1759, nom. conserv.
Synonym Bucephalon L. Sp. P1. 1190. 1753, nom. rejic. Siutchia Pax & Hoffm. ex Morton, in Journ. Wash. Acad. Sci. 27:306. 1937.
Description Dioecious trees and shrubs, the branches unarmed. Leaves alternate, distichous; stipules lateral. Both staminate and pistillate inflorescences secund racemes and spikes, the small congested or relatively distant flowers interspersed with small, shortly stipitate, peltate bracts. Staminate flowers: tepals 4, united or essentially free to the base, with an obvious pistillode; stamens 4, the filaments much longer than the tepals and strongly inflexed before anthesis, later sharply reflexed, the anthers broadly oval, introrse. Pistillate flowers epigynous; tepals 4, minute; style central and deeply 2-lobed. Fruit a small fleshy 1-seeded drupe.
Habit trees shrubs
Distribution About 6 species ranging from southern Mexico to the Amazon basin, and in the Antilles.
Note Trophis chorizantha Standl., with less congested staminate spikes and racemose pistillate inflorescences is to be expected in western Panama.
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