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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 7/30/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 7/30/2013)
Species Mendoncia retusa Turrill
PlaceOfPublication Kew Bull. 423. 1919.
Note TYPE: Manmee Station, Sect. 30, Panama, Hayes 169 (not seen).
Description Suffrutescent vines with quadrangular stems narrowly winged; young stems and petiole sparsely strigose to glabrous in the older stems, the hairs to 0.5 mm long. Leaves elliptic, the blades 6-15 cm long, 2.5-7.5 cm wide, chartaceous, apically attenuate to acuminate, basally rounded to obtuse, ciliate, the upper surface sparsely strigose, the lower surface sparsely strigose at veins only, the petioles to 4.5 cm long. Inflorescence axillary, the pedicels one per axil, 1.75- 3.0 cm long, the bracts green, oblong lanceolate, mostly glabrous, 1.5-3.0 cm long, 1.0-1.75 cm wide, mucronate at the tips and rounded bases. Flowers with the corolla white with purplish throat, 4-5 cm long, glabrous, 5-lobed, lobes 5-6 mm long, obtuse. Fruit irregularly obovate, 1.5 cm long, puberulent.
Habit vines
Note Mendoncia retusa is found in moist forests at lower elevations
Distribution Costa Rica and Panama.
Specimen BOCAS DEL TORO: Chiriqui Lagoon, Wedel 359, 705, 845, 1088, 1140, 1551 (all MO). CANAL ZONE: Pipeline Road, Mori & Kallunki 2405 (MO). BARRO COLORADO ISLAND: Croat 8615 (DUKE); Foster 835, 1234, 1370, 1454 (all DUKE). DARIEN: El Rio Yape, Bristan 1416 (MO); Rio Paya, trail from Paya to Payita, Stern et al. 392 (MO). PANAMA: Bald savannahlike areas along road toward top of Cerro Campana, Duke 5991 (MO).
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