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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)
Genus MALVAVISCUS Adans.
PlaceOfPublication Fam. P1. 2: 399. 1763.
Description Shrubs or small trees, sometimes vine-like in habit, the indumentum commonly of stellate hairs. Leaves petiolate, the stipules caducous, the blade entire to vari- ously lobed. Flowers solitary in the axils or sometimes clustered at the apex of the branches, the pedicels short to elongate; epicalyx of 6-16 linear, lanceolate or spatu- late bractlets; calyx campanulate, usually 5-lobed, variously pubescent; corolla funnelform, the 5 asymmetrically obovate-cuneate petals twisted, short-unguiculate, auriculate on one side at the base; staminal tube slender, usually long-exserted, 5-lobed at the apex, the anthers clustered below the apex; ovary 5-carpellate, each carpel 1-ovulate; style branches 10, the stigmas capitate. Fruits with an outer fleshy envelope, becoming dry, the 5 carpels usually separating at full maturity, stony, indehiscent, 1-seeded.
Habit Shrubs trees
Note A small American genus, monographed by Schery in 1942 (Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 29: 183-236). Only one species is at present known from Panama.
Reference Schery in 1942 (Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 29: 183-236)
 
 
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