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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/7/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/7/2013)
Species CEDRELA ODORATA L.
PlaceOfPublication Syst. Nat. ed. 10, 940. 1759.
Synonym Cedrela guianensis A. Juss., Mem. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 19: 295. 1830. Cedrela mexicana M. J. Roem., Fam. Nat. Regni Veg. Syn. Monogr. 1: 137. 1846.
Description Tree to 40 m.; branchlets generally glabrous, occasionally conspicuously lenti- cellate, more often with small lenticels. Leaves with 5-11 pairs of leaflets 8-17 cm. long by 2.5-5.5 cm. wide, broadly lanceolate to ovate, the base acute to rounded, often markedly oblique, the apex acuminate obtuse, rarely acute, sometimes mucro- nulate, generally glabrous, occasionally puberulent or short pubescent along the veins beneath. Inflorescences open, variable in size, often shorter than the leaves, usually glabrous, rarely puberulent, the bracts caducous. Flowers 6-9 mm. long; calyx cupulate and split on one side, 1.5-3 mm. deep, the margin generally shal- lowly and irregularly toothed, glabrous, rarely puberulent, light to dark in color; petals elliptical to subspatulate, puberulent without, uniformly light in color; filaments of the stamens thick but usually of uniform diam., the anthers short apicu- late, 0.75-1.5 mm. long; ovary hemispherical to ovoid, usually glabrous, 1-2 mm. long, style 1.5-2 mm. long, the capitate stigma about 0.5 mm. thick. Fruit 2.5-4.5 cm. long, the valves thin, the central column with wings extending to the base of the broadened apex.
Habit Tree
Note Trees of dry to moist soils at lower elevations, frequent in second-growth forest but largely cut before attaining a very large trunk diameter. The species ranges from the West Indies and northern Mexico to the Amazon drainage of Brazil but it is largely restricted to; the area of Caribbean drainage in Panama. It is frequently planted as a street tree.
Distribution West Indies and northern Mexico to the Amazon drainage of Brazil
Specimen CHIRIQUI: Proigreso, Cooper & Slater 306.
Note Wherever C. odorata is growing in close proximity to C. angustifolia, hybridi- zation can be expected between the two species. The progeny will not separate clearly into either species on any character currently known to me. To date the cedros collected in Panama have not shown this intermixing, but it is certainly to be anticipated as more specimens become available.
 
 
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