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Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/25/2013)
PlaceOfPublication Jour. Wash. Acad. 13: 369. 1923.
Synonym Celosia pleiogyna 0. Ktze. Rev. Gen. 541. 1891. Pleuropetalumn standleyi Suessenguth, in Rep. Spec. Nov. 44:41. 1938.
Description Erect sparingly branched subglabrous suffruticose herbs or shrubs to 3 m. high. Leaves glabrous to minutely strigillose on the veins below, lanceolate to rhombic- ovate, often falcate, apically attenuate, basally acute to subrounded, 3-15 cm. long, 1-5 cm. broad; petioles 5-25 mn-i. long. Inflorescences of mostly terminal racemes or panicles, the rhachises usually glandular. Flowers perfect, on pedicels 1-5 mm. long; bracts and bracteoles subequal, broadly ovate, carinate, 0.5-2 mm. long; sepals 5 (-6), subequal, ovate, concave, glabrate or scurfy, rounded to acute, with 19-27 ribs, 2.5-6 mm. long, 1-4 mm. broad; stamens 6-8; filaments 2-3 mm. long; filament tube 1-2 mmi. long; anthers oblong; ovary globose to ellipsoid; styles 1, sulcate, about 0.5 mm. long; stigmata 5-6, rarely more or less, usually longer than the style, ultimately reflexcd. Fruit a circumscissile capsule equaling or exceeding the sepals, red becoming black, 5-7 mn-. long, 4-7 mm. broad; seeds cochleate-orbiculate, black, lustrous, reticulate, 1-1.2 (-1.5) mm. broad, on filiform or flattened funicles becoming l-3 mm. long.
Habit herbs or shrubs
Specimen CANAL ZONE: vicinity of Las Cruces, 26-40 mn., Seibert 578; drowned forest of Que- brada Culebra, Dodge d Allen I7051; forests along the banks of Quebrada Fea, Q. Pura and Cafion of R. Chagres, Dodge & Allele i7405; drowned forest of Quebrada Bonita and along its branches, 70-80 m., Steyerinark d Allen s. ii.; drowned forest of Quebrada Ancha, 70 m., Steyernark !? Allen, s. ii. CHIRIQUI: Galcra Chorcha, vicinity of Gualaca, alt. 1000 ft., Allen 5054. DARIEN: Rio Sabana, Leopold i96; Cana and vicinity, Williams 727. PANAMA: Cerro Campana, alt. 800 m., Allen 4024.
Distribution This species is apparently confined to Costa Rica, the type locality, and Panama. It occurs in rather deep woods, especially along streams in ravines and drowned forests.
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