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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/8/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/8/2013)
Genus Gentlea Lundell
PlaceOfPublication Wrightia 3: 100. 1964.
Synonym Ardisia Swartz subgen. Walleniopsis Mez, Pflanzenreich IV. 236: 77. 1902.
Description Shrubs or small trees. Leaves alternate, petiolate. Inflorescences terminal, paniculate, broader than long, short-pedunculate or subsessile; bracts and bractlets thin, caducous. Flowers corymbose, pedicellate, bisexual, (4-)5(-6)- merous, greenish or white; sepals inconspicuously imbricate, connate basally or nearly free; petals connate '/4-'/2 into tube, the lobes imbricate in bud, spreading and sometimes appearing valvate at anthesis; stamens exserted, exceeding the petals, the filaments long and slender, the anthers minute,
Habit Shrubs or small trees
Description cordate, dorsifixed, epunctate or inconspicuously glandular-punctate dorsally; ovary ovoid or subglobose, the ovules in 2 or more series, the placenta few to multi-ovulate, the style slender, sometimes subequaling the corolla, the stigma punctiform, minute. Fruit subglobose.
Distribution A small distinctive genus of eight species ranging from Mexico (Jalisco, Chiapas) south through Central America into Venezuela and Peru. All except Gentlea venosissima (Ruiz & Pavon) Lundell, the type species, are of local distribution. Only the following is known from Panama.
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