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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 9/5/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 9/5/2013)
Genus Hillia Jacq.
PlaceOfPublication Enum. P1. Carib. 3, 18. 1760.
Note TYPE: H. parasitica Jacq.
Synonym Fereira Vell. ex Vand., Fl. Lusit. Bras. Sp. 21. 1788. TYPE: F. vellozoana J. A. & J. H. Schultes. Saldanha Vell., Fl. Flum. 141. 1825, Not Bureau 1868. LECTOTYPE: S. illustris Vell.
Description Shrubs, mostly epiphytic, glabrous. Leaves succulent, drying coriaceous, pet- iolate; stipules thin, caducous. Flowers often large, solitary, terminal; hypan- thium obovoid or cylindrical, the calycine cup absent, the lobes 2-5 or absent, caducous or persistent in fruit; corolla salverform or funnel shaped, the tube elongate, expanded toward the mouth, glabrous, the lobes 3-7, contorted in bud; stamens included; ovary 2-celled, the ovules numerous. Fruits capsular, narrowly oblong, or cylindrical, the 2 valves dehiscing septicidally; seeds imbricate, basally appendaged, bearing a distal tuft of hairs.
Habit Shrubs
Distribution a genus of about 20 species, occurs in the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Key a. Leaves small, 0.6-1.3 cm long. b. Leaves ca. 0.7 cm long, rounded at the apex; corolla tube ca. 1.5 cm long ...... 1. H. chiapensis bb. Leaves 0.6-1.3 cm long, tapering toward the apex; corolla tube to 2.8 cm long ...... 5. H. panamensisaa. Leaves large, 2-8 cm long. c. Leaves 2-3 times longer than wide; calycine lobes ca. 1.7 cm long ...... 3. H. ligulifolia cc. Leaves less than twice as long as wide; calycine lobes less than 1 cm long or absent. d. Corolla tube 2-3 cm long ...... 4. H. palmana dd. Corolla tube 4-7 cm long. e. Trees to 5 m tall; leaves 0.6-2.8 cm wide, rounded at the apex, drying tan beneath; corolla tube 6-7 cm long ...... 2. H. chiriquiensis ee. Epiphytic shrubs to 2 m tall; leaves to 4 cm wide, usually deltoid at the apex, drying black brown beneath; corolla tube 4-5 cm long ...... 6. H. tetrandra
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