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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/13/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/13/2013)
Species Vitex floridula Duchass. & Walp. in Walp.
PlaceOfPublication Ann. Bot. Syst. 3: 240. 1852.
Description Tree to 20 m tall; trunk rough, shaggy; wood very hard; crown low, rounded; branches and branchlets light-gray or whitish, obtusely tetragonal, minutely puberulent, glabrescent, corky, densely lenticellate, more densely gray-puberulent on the younger parts. Leaves 3-foliolate, developing after the flowers; leaflets firmly chartaceous and thick when mature, elliptic, 4-14.8 cm long and 2.2-8 cm wide, apically acute or short-acuminate, entire, usually subrevolute along the margins when mature, shiny on both surfaces, dark-green above, bright-green beneath, glabrate on both surfaces, the lateral pair similar to the central leaflet but smaller; petioles 2.5-7 cm long, minutely and obscurely puberulent or gla- brate; petiolules 5-11 mm long, minutely puberulent, the central petiolule longer than the lateral pair. Inflorescences axillary, developed before the leaves. Flowers with the corolla purple or light-violet.
Habit Tree
Distribution In forests on dry limestone soil and along rivers at low elevations, apparently endemic to Panama.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Summit, Haynes 464 (NY, NY). Hospital grounds at Ancon, Mason 10 (US). West side of canal near island, White 89 (NY). Without locality, Christopherson 153 (US); Hayes 15 (E); Hayes s.n. (K); Jones 325 (US). DARIEN: Forests around Yaviza, Pittier 6585 (NY). Near La Palma, 0-50 m, Pittier 6604 (US). Forests around Pinogana, Pittier 6626 (NY). PANAMAk: Along Rio Chagres between Gamboa and Alajuela, 30-60 m, Allen 959 (DS, MICH, MO, NY, S, UC, US). Panama', Duke & Bristan 8258 (BMIC). Forests on dry limestone around Alajuela, Chagres Valley, 30-100 m, Pittier 3477 (AAH, BM, CP, F, GH, K, NY, US). Sabana de Juan Corso near Chepo, 60-80 m, Pittier 4683 (CGH, NY, US). Panamai, Pittier 6585 (NY, US), 6604 (F, GH, MO, US), 6626 (BM, GH, NY, US).
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