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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 637. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: About 35 species, in W. Indies, tropical and S. America; represented by 2, cultivated species in our area.


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Mostly armed shrubs with axillary thorns and simple, oppositedecussate or verticillate leaves. Racemes terminal or axillary. Flowers small, mostly blue, purple or white, bracteate. Calyx-tube subcampanulate, 5-ribbed and 5-toothed. Corolla-tube cylindrical, straight or apically curved, pubescent at the mouth, 5-lobed, with usually unequal lobes. Stamens 4, not exserted, anthers sagittate. Ovary 4-carpelled, 8-loculed, with 1 ovule in each locule; style terminal with unequally 4-lobed stigma. Fruit a flehy drupe, usually 8-seeded, completely enclosed by the persistent calyx.

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1 Leaves up to 5 cm long, with 3-4 mm long petiole, usually obovate to elliptic; shrub usually armed Duranta repens
+ Leaves 9-14 cm long, with 1.5-2 cm long petioles, oblong-lanceolate; shrub unarmed Duranta stenostachya
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