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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/22/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/22/2013)
Genus Tapirira Aublet
PlaceOfPublication Hist. PI. Gui. Fr. 470, 1775.
Description Trees or shrubs, erect or subscandent, glabrous or pubescent. Leaves imparipin- nate, the leaflets entire or serrate. Panicles axillary or terminal. Flowers polygamo- dioecious, small, frequently greenish-yellow and fragrant; calyx-segments 5, imbri- cate, persistent; petals 5, spreading, imbricate in bud; stamens 10, inserted below the disc, the anthers ovate to + globose; disc intrastaminal, 5-10-lobed; ovary ovoid, 1-locular, the ovule apical, the styles 4-5, short, conic, the stigmas simple. Drupes ? oblique-oblong, fleshy, the stone rugulose-crustaceous; seed solitary, oblong, the testa thinly membranaceous.
Habit Trees or shrubs
Note The genus Tapirira is much in need of monographic attention. The exact number of valid species is undetermined but probably does not exceed 15. Asian, African and Tropical American representatives are known; two species occur in Panama. This genus is easily confused-with Protium in the Burseraceae, particu- larly when specimens lack flowers. Tapirira chagrensis Pittier (type from Chagres River above Alhajuela, Province of Panama, US) is Protium sessiliflorum (Rose) Standley.
Key a. Inflorescences paniculate, often possessing secondary and tertiary branches, densely-flowered; flowers often appearing clustered, the pedicels 1-3 mm long; drupes 0.5-1.5 cm long ................ 1. T. guianensis aa. Inflorescences paniculate-spicate, simple or the rachis with only primary branches, rather sparsely flowered; flowers never clustered, the pedicels less than 0.5 mm long; drupes 1.7-2.7 cm long .......... 2. T. brenesli
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