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Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/7/2013)
Genus SWIETENIA Jacq.
PlaceOfPublication Enum. Syst. P1. 4, 20. 1760.
Synonym Mahogani Adans., Faim.- Pl. 2: 343. 1763, pro parte. Roia Scop., Intr. Hist. Nat. 226. 1777.
Description Trees. Leaves alternate, par- (rarely impari-) pinnate; leaflets 2-6 pairs, op- posite, inequilateral, entire. Inflorescences axillary, paniculate. Flowers whitish, (4-) 5-merous; calyx lobed, imbricate; corolla imbricate; staminal tube urceolate, 10-dentate, the anthers 10, included; disk cupulate, the margin crenulate; ovary sessile in disk, glabrous; stigma discoid; ovules numerous in each cell, pendulous. Fruit large, capsular, septicidally dehiscent from the base, the valves separating into 2 layers, adnate to the central column at the apex; seeds numerous in each locule, the seed-coat developed into a large wing between the placenta and the seed; endosperm thin, carnose; embryo transverse, the cotyledons large, the radicle short.
Distribution A genus of three closely related species of which only one is represented by herbarium specimens from Panama.
 
 
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