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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/20/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/20/2013)
Genus Pera Mutis
PlaceOfPublication Vet.-Akad., Stockholm, Nya Handl. 5: 299, t. 8, 1784.
Description Trees; dioecious or rarely monoecious. Leaves alternate, simple, petiolate; stipules small or obsolete. Inflorescences axillary consisting of small clusters of stalked globose involucres each enclosing 3-10 sessile flowers; involucres 1-2 bracteolate at base, opening laterally at anthesis or valvate or, in one species, almost lacking. Staminate flowers 3-10, not all fully formed; calyx gamosepalous with 3 acuminate lobes; stamens 2-5, the filaments short and free or longer and basally connate, the anthers dorsifixed near base and longitudinally dehiscent; pollen grains prolate, tectate, 3-colporate. Pistillate flowers 2-5; naked; ovary 3- carpellate each with a single ovule, the 3 short styles connate basally. Fruit capsular, somewhat woody, dehiscence valvate; seeds ovoid or obovoid, compressed, smooth, shiny, carunculate.
Habit Trees
Distribution A tropical American genus of about 25 species, two of which are reported from Panama.
Key a. Involucre well developed, enclosing flower buds before anthesis ................ 1. P. arborea aa. Involucre absent or represented by a minute scale ............................................ 2. P. aperta
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