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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/14/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/14/2013)
Species Clerodendrum molle H.B.K.
PlaceOfPublication Nov. Gen. Sp. PI., ed. folio. 2: 198. 1817.
Description Shrub, sometimes somewhat climbing to 10 m tall; branchlets slender, gray or buff, subterete, conspicuously lenticellate, densely short-pubescent. Leaves op- posite or ternate; thin-membranous or chartaceous, drying dark, elliptic, 1-6 cm long and 0.5-3.4 cm wide, apically acute or short-acuminate, basally acute, entire, dark-green above, lighter beneath, finely and sparsely pubescent above, densely short-tomentose or spreading-pubescent beneath; petioles slender, 3-8 mm long, densely pubescent, the lowest 1-2 mm persisting as a corky usually not spinescent protuberance after the leaves have fallen. Inflorescences axillary, cymes ternate, solitary in the leaf-axils, divaricate, 3-7 cm long and 1-4 cm wide, lodsely 7-9 flowered, pubescent throughout, peduncles slender, 1-3.7 cm long; foliaceous bracts absent; bractlets and prophylls setaceous, ca. 1 mm long; pedicels slender, 1-5 mm long; calyx campanulate, 5-lobed, the lobes ovate, spreading, apically acute. Flowers fragrant; corolla hypocrateriform, white or pinkish, the tube usually deep-pink or light-lilac, less than 2.5 cm long, the limb usually white, roseate in the throat, the lobes oblong. Fruit corky, baccate or capsule-like, well adapted for floating in the water, sulcate; fruiting-calyx cupuliform, only slightly accrescent.
Habit Shrub
Distribution Native from Panama to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, mostly inhabiting the seashore and lower elevations, thickets in low moist ground, rolling scrubland, rocky coastline precipices, lava beds, open woodlands on hillsides, roadsides, the edges of swamps and marshes, and forests.
Specimen PANAMA: Panama, Nee 3 (MA).
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