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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 7/23/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 7/23/2013)
Genus Macleania Hook.
PlaceOfPublication Icon. PI. 2: pl. 109. 1837.
Note TYPE: M. floribunda Hook.
Synonym Tyria Klotzsch, Linnaea 24: 21. 1851. TYPE: T. salapa (Benth.) K1. (= Ceratostema salapa Benth.)
Description Straggly to compact, epiphytic or terrestrial shrubs. Leaves alternate, petio- late, coriaceous, pinnately veined or plinerved. Inflorescence axillary or termi- nal, subfasciculate or racemose with few to many flowers on deciduously bibrac- teolate pedicels. Flowers with the hypanthium articulate with the pedicel, short cylindric or campanulate; calyx limb erect and spreading (3-4)5-lobed, the seg- ments subacute and triangular; corolla subcylindric or elongate urceolate, 5- parted, the lobes triangular and subacute; stamens usually 10, equal, usually about half as long as the corolla, the filaments distinct or connate, dorsally at- tached to the anthers near their bases, the anthers stout with strongly granular thecae, the tubules about as long as the anther sacs, either laterally connate or fused into a single tubule, rarely completely distinct, opening by elongate, dis- tinct or fused, introrse clefts; style filiform and about as long as the corolla or longer, basally surrounded by an annular or cupuliform disc; the ovary inferior. Fruit a berry with numerous, small seeds.
Habit shrubs
Distribution The genus Macleania contains approximately 40 species which range from southern Mexico south along the mountainous highlands into Peru.
Reference Smith, A. C. 1932. The American species of Thibaudieae. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 28: 311-547. Yeo, P. F. 1967. Notes on some species of Macleania (Ericaceae). Baileya 15: 45-59.
Key a. Both anther sacs dehiscing into a single common tubule; filaments distinct or connate. b. Filaments distinct; venation plinerved ...... 1. M. epiphytica bb. Filaments connate for most of their length; venation either plinerved or pin- natinerved. c. Calyx wings not extending distally beyond the calyx lobes; venation pli- nerved; bracteoles borne basally on the pedicel ...... 2. M. insignis cc. Calyx wings extending distally beyond the calyx lobes and forming per- pendicular spurlike appendages; venation pinnatinerved; bracteoles borne medially or more distally on the pedicel ...... 3. M. pentaptera aa. Each anther sac dehiscing into its own tubule, the tubules usually longitudinally con- nate; filaments distinct ...... 4. M. rupestris
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