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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 12/18/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 12/18/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Field Mus. Publ. Bot. 4:239. 1929.
Description Gigantic trees up to about 30 m. tall, the leafy branches moderately stout, prominently angled and minutely ferruginous-hirtellous when young. Leaves broadly oval, obtuse to rounded or very abruptly and obtusely cuspidate, broadly rounded at the base, 7-18 cm. long, 5-10 cm. broad, membranaceous, more or less conspicuously ferruginous-hirtellous on the midrib and veins; petiole about 1 cm. long. Inflorescences terminal, paniculate, several- to many-flowered, the stout minutely hirtellous peduncles somewhat longer than the subtending leaves. Flow- ers unknown to us. Fruits cylindrical-campanulate, occasionally somewhat gibbous, 5-10 cm. long, about 3.0-3.5 cm. in diameter at the orifice, dark brown and con- spicuously lenticellate; operculum strongly trigonal, permanently attached to the stout elongate placenta; seeds oblong-oblanceolate, thinly membranaceous, about 7 cm. long and 1.5 cm. broad, rich brown.
Habit trees
Distribution Lowland forests of the Atlantic slope of Panama; perhaps also in lowland forests of eastern Costa Rica. Barbour reports the vernacular names of coco, coco de mono and coquito in Panama.
Specimen BOCAS DEL TORO: Cricamola valley, region of Almirante, Cooper 542. CANAL ZONE: near Battery VII, area west of Limon Bay, Gatuin Locks and Gatu'n Lake, Johnston s. n. PANAMA: Rio Indio drainage, about 9 miles east of trans-isthmian highway, Barbour I059.
Note These three specimens, in addition to one other from Costa Rica, are the only records of Couratari from Central America. The three Panamanian specimens show fruit only; the Costa Rican (Allen 5686, from the vicinity of Rio Esquinas, Puntarenas province) is in flower. Whether a single species is represented is con- jectural of course. The flowers of Allen 5686 are pink and about 1.5-2.0 cm. in diameter; they were used in the composition of the accompanying illustration.
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