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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 4/10/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 4/10/2013)
Genus Echites P. Br.
PlaceOfPublication Civ. Nat. Hist. Jamaica 2: 182. 1756.
Description Lianas, lacticiferous. Leaves opposite, non-glandular, pinnately-nerved; peti- oles somewhat perfoliate, glandular in the axils. Inflorescences dichasial, often modified by reduction or suppression, mostly axillary, 1- to many-flowered. Flowers small to medium-sized; bracteoles present; calyx 5-lobed, the lobes equal to sub- equal, bearing 1 frequently lacerate oppositely placed squamella within; corolla salverform, without appendages, the tube straight, the limb 5-lobed, the lobes dextrorsely convolute; stamens 5, included, the anthers connivent and aggluti- nated to the stigma, with an enlarged connective; gynoecium 2-carpellate, apo- carpous, the ovary superior, the ovules many, the nectaries 5, separate or ? con- crescent, the style 1, the stigma fusiform-subcapitate. Fruit apocarpous, of 2 fol- licles, terete, continuous or slightly articulate; seeds many, dry, rostrate, comose apically.
Habit Lianas
Distribution A genus of about seven species in Florida, Mexico, the West Indies, most of Central America, and Columbia.
Reference Woodson, RI. E., Jr. Echites. Pp. 217-252 in "The American genera of Echitoideae." Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 23: 169-438. 1936.
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