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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 1/22/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/22/2013)
Species BROSIMUM bernadetteae Woodson
Synonym Helicostylis latifolia Pittier, in Contrib. U. S. Nat. Herb. 20:95. 1914, non Brosimum latifolium Standl. in Trop. Woods 42:26. 1935.
Description Trees to about 25 m. tall, the branches grayish brown, inconspicuously puberu- lent to glabrate. Leaves elliptic-obovate, broadly acuminate-subcuspidate to obtuse or rounded at the tip, broadly cuneate to rounded at the base, 6-12 cm. long, 3-6 cm. broad, with about 12-18 pairs of rather crowded veins, subcoriaceous, glabrous, the petioles about 4-7 mm. long; stipules almost fully amplexicaul, about 5-7 mm. long. Inflorescences subglobose, ours staminate, about 5 mm. in diameter at anthesis, the peduncle about 4-5 mm. long. Staminate flowers without an obvious perianth; stamen 1, the anther excentrically peltate, about 1 mm. in diameter, dehiscing by 2 basal valves. Pistillate flowers and fruit unknown.
Habit Tree
Distribution Panama, in lowland forests.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Barro Colorado Island, Standley 4II56, Kenoyer 662. DARIEN: Yaviza, Pittier 6584. PANAMA: Alhajuela, Chagres Valley, Pittier 3488.
Note This species so closely resembles B. alicastrum that the slight but very sig- nificant difference in the structure on the anthers had escaped me until it was called to my attention by our artist for the FLORA OF PANAMA, Mrs. Bernadette Velick. Nevertheless, the difference also apparently was noticed by Pittier and its significance over-emphasized as the synonymy testifies. Mrs. Velick was unable to detect the perianth segments described by Pittier, nor could I. After an examination of the type specimen of B. latifolium Standl. (Eggers I572I, F), which bears a single immature pistillate head, I have concluded that it should be referred to B. alicastrum Sw.
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