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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/28/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/28/2013)
Genus Lunania W. J. Hooker
PlaceOfPublication Lond. Jour. Bot. 3: 317, 1844, nom. gen. conserv.
Description Shrubs or trees. Leaves alternate, petiolate, estipulate, the blade entire- margined or nearly so, 3-(5-)nerved from the base, with or without scattered pel- lucid dots. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, in simple or branched racemes, the pedicels short and articulated at the base, the bracts and bracteoles minute. Flowers hermaphriditic, small; calyx subglobose, at length valvately split to the base into 2-3(-5) spreading or reflexed membranous lobes; petals none; stamens 6-12, inserted around a cupular hypogynous disk and alternating with its lobes, the filaments shorter to longer than the anthers, the anthers basifixed, 2-thecate, longitudinally and extrorsely dehiscent; ovary free, 1-locular, the ovules oo, multiseriate on 3 broad, parietal placentas; styles 3, free to the base or not, short to elongate, the stigmas terminal. Capsules coriaceous, 3-valvate, few- to many-seeded; seeds small, the testa usually punctate, arillate; endosperm present.
Habit Shrubs or trees
Distribution A neotropical genus of probably less than 20 species; two species, represented by only four collections, reported at present from Parnama.
Key a. Calyx splitting into 2-3 lobes, these reflexed and curled after anthesis; filaments very short and ca 0.2-0.3 mm long; anthers to 1.5 mm long; disc and ovary tomentellous ...................... 1 . L. parviflora aa. Calyx splitting into 2 spreading, cucullate lobes; filaments to 1.5(-3) mm long; anthers ca 0.5 mm long; disc and ovary glabrous .................. 2. L. piperoides
 
 
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