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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/13/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/13/2013)
Genus Dichapetalum Thouars
PlaceOfPublication Gen. Nov. Madag. 23, 1806.
Synonym Symphyllanthus Vahl, Skr. Nat. Selsk. Kj0b. 6: 86, 1810.
Description Trees or shrubs, erect or scandent. Leaves petiolate, the paired stipules linear or narrowly lanceolate. Inflorescences often laxly cymose-corymbose, few- or usually many-flowered, arising from axils of upper leaves or rarely terminal. Flowers regular, mostly white, short-pedicellate; sepals usually distinct, more or less equal; petals distinct, equal; stamens usually fertile, distinct, more or less equal, the anthers broadly oblong; disk glands 5, opposite the petals or connate into a sinuate disk. Drupe coriaceous with 1, rarely 2, seeds.
Habit Trees shrubs
Distribution About 100 species in the tropics and subtropics, some of which in Africa are poisonous.
Reference Lundell (Wrightia 3: 173-176, 1966)
Distribution five species from Mexico and Central America with two in Panama.
Key a. Tree to 9 m; leaf blades oblong to oblanceolate, widest to 5 cm, the margins glabrate; petioles and young branches pilose with hairs less than 1 mm long and appressed; disk glands short and nob-like; petals bifid by ca 1/4 length; styles 3, partially connate; drupe to 3.5 cm long, white-tomentulose ---- 1. D. axillare aa. Shrub to 2.5 m; leaf blades linear-oblong, widest to 3 cm; blade margins, petioles and young branches velutinous-pilose, with stiff hairs ca 2 mm long and spreading; disk glands elongate; petals bibbed by more than 1/2 length; styles 2, distinct; drupe to 1.5 cm long, brown-tomentulose .... 2. D. nevermannianum
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