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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 12/19/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 12/19/2012)
Species MYRCIARIA FLORIBUNDA (West, ex Willd.) Berg
PlaceOfPublication Linnaea 27:330. 1856.
Synonym Eugenia floribunda West, ex Willd. Sp. P1. 2:960. 1800. Eugenia O'Neillii Lundell, in Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 64:555. 1937. Myrciaria O'Neillii (Lundell) I. M. Johnston, in Sargentia 8:228. 1949.
Description Shrubs or small trees 2-10 m. high. Trunk 3-25 cm. in diameter, covered with a tight smooth light-brown exfoliating bark that is practically indistinguish- able from that of its common associate Calycolpus (cf. I. M. Johnston, loc. cit. 1949). Twigs densely foliate, the internodes 1-2 cm. long, at first puberulous, soon glabrate. Leaves elliptic- to lanceolate-oblong or lanceolate, long-acuminate to caudate at the apex, acute at the base, 2-5 (-7) cm. long and 1.0-2.5 cm. wide, chartaceous, at first pubescent on the margin and midrib, soon glabrate, the midrib flat above, prominent beneath, the lateral nerves numerous, delicately prominulous to nearly obsolete on both sides, the marginal nerve 0.5-1.0 mm. within the margin; petiole slender, 2-5 mm. long. Flowers glomerate, 2-5 together. Receptacle glabrous, about 1.5 mm. long, at last circumscissile above the ovary. Sepals 4, imbricate, about 1 mm. long, deciduous with the receptacle. Petals obovate, fimbriate, slightly longer than the sepals. Ovary glabrous outside. Berry globose, 8-15 mm. in diameter, 1-seeded, edible. Embryo homogeneous; radicle broadly adnate.
Habit Shrubs or small trees
Distribution Southern Mexico to Panama; Guiana and Brazil; West Indies.
Note A common element in the understory of more or less shady forest at low elevations.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: hills north of Frijoles, Standley 2752I; between France Field and Cati- val, Prov. Col6n, Standley 30192; without precise locality, Mrs. Epplesheimer anno i9io. CHIRIQUf: east of Gualaca, Allen 5027. COCLE: vicinity of Nata, Allen 837; Bismarck, above Penonome, 2000-3000 ft., Williams 583. PANAMA: San Jose Island, Johnston 222, 283, 3IO, 435, 500, 523, 578, 603, 6I7, 7I5, 749, Erlanson 27I.
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