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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/20/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/20/2013)
Species Pera aperta Croizat
PlaceOfPublication Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 29: 353, 1942.
Description Tree to 6 m, young shoots crustate-lepidote. Leaves somewhat coriaceous; petioles to 2 cm long; stipules obsolete; blade oblong, ca 5 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, the base rounded to cuneate, the margin subentire, somewhat revolute, the apex shortly acuminate. Staminate flowers not seen. Pistillate flowers 2-5, the peduncle slender, ca 1 cm long, the bracteoles ca 2 mm long, no involucre or the merest trace present. Fruit not seen.
Habit Tree
Specimen COCLE: hills S of El Valle de Anton, Allen 2506 (holotype US; isotype MO).
Note The overall appearance of the type specimen of this species is very close to that of P. arborea, but the absence or extreme reduction of the involucre is a clear distinguishing feature. The peduncle is also longer than that of the buds of most collections of P. arborea examined. Few other collections of this genus from areas similar to the type locality of P. aperta have been seen, and in their absence Croizat's judgement that this is more than an aberrant individual must be accepted. Known only from the type collection.
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