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

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/20/2013)
Species Pera arborea Mutis
PlaceOfPublication Vet.-Akad., Stockholm, Nya Handl. 5: 299, t. 8, 1784.- Fig. 19.
Description Tree to 20 m, glabrous or strongly lepidote and glabrate; dioecious. Leaves somewhat coriaceous; petioles to 2 cm long, deeply channeled to obscurely winged; stipules obsolete; blade elliptic to obovate, 6-12 cm long, 3-5.5 cm wide, the base rounded to acute, the margin entire, the apex bluntly to sharply acuminate. Staminate flowers 5-10 in each involucre, the bracteoles unequal with the larger ca 1 mm long, the involucre 3 mm diam, dehiscence lateral; calyx to 1.5 mm long, strongly toothed; stamens 4-6. Pistillate flowers usually 3 per involucre, the peduncle rarely more than 6 mm long before anthesis, the bracteoles and involucre resembling c. Capsule ellipsoid to obovate, ca 12 mm long, on stalk to 4 mm long, the surface coarsely ruminate with rather sharp edged wrinkles; seed obovoid, somewhat compressed, ca 5 mm long, black, shiny, the caruncle obvious.
Habit Tree
Distribution British Honduras, Panama and Colombia. The tree is not particularly con- spicuous and may be more frequent in moist forests than the rather small num- ber of collections would suggest.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Fort Sherman Reservation, Maxon & Valentine 6975 (NY, US). cocLE: vie of El Valle de Anton, Allen 775 (F, MO). COLON: nr Fato, Pittier 4096 (F, NY, US), 4250 (US). DARIEN: forests nr Pinogana, Pittier 6574 (US). PANAMA: Cerro Azul, Dwyer s.n. (MO), Tyson & Blum 4058 (MO); Rio Tapia, Standley 30674 (K, US); San Jose I, Johnston 15 (GH, MO), 233 (GH, MO), 411 (GH, MO), 447 (GH), 478 (GH, MO).
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