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

Flora Data (Last Modified On 9/4/2013)
Species Faramea scalaris Standley
PlaceOfPublication Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 13: 139. 1916.
Note TYPE: Panama, Pittier 3265 (US, holotype; isotypes F, NY).
Description Shrubs 4-6 ft tall, the branchlets smooth, glabrous, the nodes well spaced. Leaves sessile or subsessile, glabrous, narrowly elliptic, 5.5-15 cm long, 1.3-3.5 cm wide, tapering at the apex, acuminate, the acumen falcate, to 1.5 cm long, usually ultimately obtuse, basally cuneate to obtuse, the costa prominulous above and beneath, the lateral veins 8-13, perpendicular, scarcely arcuate, the inner submarginal vein more or less parallel to the margin, to 4 (-7) mm from the
Habit Shrubs
Description margin, prominulous beneath, the outer submarginal vein close to the margin, less prominulous and conspicuous than the inner submarginal vein, with 1-3 smaller veins paralleling the adjacent lateral veins, these soon branching, stiffly chartaceous, concolorous, the margin revolute; stipules persistent, free, rectan- gular or deltoid, to 0.5 cm long with a short median awn arising from a median keel, stiffly chartaceous, glabrous. Inflorescences terminal, the peduncle 3-4 cm long, ca. 0.15 cm wide, flowers ca. 15, aggregated into a head subtended by 2 ovate rotund bracts, to 1.5 cm long, the terminal awn about as long as the body. Flowers subsessile; hypanthium and calycine cup ca. 2 mm long, the teeth tri- angular, 0.2-0.4 mm long; corolla bluish white, the tube narrowly cylindrical, 1- 1.2 cm long, ca. 0.1 cm wide, the lobes 4, 0.3-0.5 mm long. Fruit not known.
Distribution known only from high elevations in the Province of Chi- riqui.
Note It may be conspecific with the well-collected F. suerrensis (Donnell Smith) Donnell Smith. Unfortunately the fruit of F. scalaris is not known.
Specimen CHIRIQUf: Bajo Chorro, near Boquete, 6000 ft, Davidson 94 (US), 430 (MO), 436 (US). Between Alto de las Palmas and Cerro Horqueta, Pittier 3265 (F, NY, US).
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