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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 1/10/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/10/2013)
Genus MOURIRI Aubl.
PlaceOfPublication P1. Guian. 1:452. 1775.
Description Flowers 5-merous. Hypanthium obconic to pyriform or cup-shaped. Sepals commonly coherent in the bud, at anthesis separating nearly or quite to the torus. Petals mostly yellow, ovate to lanceolate, acute or acuminate, often very unsym- metrical. Stamens isomorphic; anthers stout, blunt; thecae much shorter than the anther, opening by a lateral longitudinal cleft on both sides of the anther; con- nective thickened toward the base, bearing a conspicuous dorsal gland near the middle, often prolonged at base into a short, stout, dorsal spur. Ovary wholly inferior, 1- to 5- celled; stigma punctiform; ovules few in each locule, basal or nearly so. Fruit a berry. Trees or shrubs, usually glabrous, with 1-nerved (in our species) leaves and small axillary cymes.
Distribution About 65 species, distributed throughout tropical America, mostly at low elevations and most numerous in Amazonia.
Key a. Leaves sessile, up to 7 cm. long; hypanthium and sepals each 2.5-3 mm. long ----------------------- 1. M. PARVIFOLIA. aa. Leaves short-petioled, 10-25 cm. long; hypanthium and sepals each 5-6 mm. long.. b. Leaf blades papyraceous, the tertiary veins evident; hypanthium brown-tomentulose ..................................... . . 2. M. BRUNNEICALYX. bb. Leaf blades coriaceous, the tertiary veins not visible; hypanthium (fide Pittier) glabrous. ................................ 3. M. COMPLETENS.
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