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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 4/9/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 4/9/2013)
Species Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K. Schum.
PlaceOfPublication Engler & Prantl, Nat. Pfl. 4(2): 159. 1895.-FIG. 12.
Synonym Cerbera peruviana Pers., Syn. PI. 1: 267. 1805.
Description Small trees or shrubs, to 7 m, the stems glabrous and somewhat corky. Leaves linear-lanceolate, acute, attenuate basally, to 15 cm long and 1 cm wide, glabrous, lustrous above, + coriaceous, the secondary veins obscure; subsessile,
Habit Small trees or shrubs
Description bearing several glands in the axils. Inflorescences cymose, mostly terminal, few- flowered, the peduncle short, less than 1 cm long, the bracts elongate-deltoid, caducous. Flowers with pedicels to 3.5 cm long in fruit; bracteoles elongate-deltoid, 1.8-2 mm long, with several glands in the axil; calyx-lobes elongate-deltoid, ca. 5.5-7 mm long, glabrous, bearing several thin squamellae within basally; corolla infun- dibuliform, yellow, the tube proper ca. 12-15 mm long, pubescent near the throat and closed by 5 pubescent appendages, attached above and opposite the stamens, the throat ca. 15-18 mm long, the lobes + erect, obovate-dolabriform, 30-35 mm long and to 17 mm wide; stamens included, attached at the apex of the tube proper, the anthers ca. 1.8 mm long, apically capped; ovary apocarpous, surrounded by an annular nectary, the stigma umbraculiform. "Drupes" weakly rhomboid, compressed, red, 2.5 cm high and 4 cm at the widest point; seeds 2(-4), naked, to 1 cm long.
Distribution Throughout tropical America; frequently cultivated.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Ancon, Hospital grounds, Pittier 3415 (US). COCLE: 1-5 mi. S on old road to coast, Tyson & Blum 2582 (MO). COLON: Plaza, Rose 22079 (US). PANAMA: Sabanas, Bro. Paul 309 (US).
Note The crowded, narrowly lanceolate leaves and large showy flowers make this species very distinctive among the Panamanian Apocynaceae.
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