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

Flora Data (Last Modified On 9/5/2013)
Genus Isertia Schreb.
PlaceOfPublication Gen. P1. 1: 342. n. 602. 1789.
Note TYPE: I. coccinea (Aubl.) Vahl.
Synonym Creatantha Standley, Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 8: 344. 1931. TYPE: C. peruviana Standley.
Description Trees or shrubs. Leaves petiolate, the stipules free, interpetiolar, erect, per- sistent. Inflorescences large, terminal, cymose corymbose or cymose paniculate. Flowers large, pedicellate, the hypanthium usually subovoid, the calycine cup short, the teeth usually 4-6; corolla elongate, tubular funnelform or salverform, rigidly petaloid, hairy within, the lobes 4-6, valvate; stamens exserted, the an- thers linear; ovary 2-6-celled. Fruits baccate, globose, the seeds small, numer- ous, foveolate.
Habit Trees or shrubs.
Distribution occurs throughout Middle America and tropical South America.
Note There are about 25 species in the genus.
Key a. Leaf-blades usually dull grey green beneath; lateral veins 15-22; corolla tube to 20 mm long; fruits to 0.7 cm in diam. ...... 1. I. haenkeana aa. Leaf-blades bright gray green, grey or tan beneath when dry, usually described as whitish beneath; lateral veins ca. 22; corolla tube to 50 mm long; fruits 1.5 cm in diam. ...... 2. I. hypoleuca
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