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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/15/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/15/2013)
Genus Gloeospermum Triana & Planchon
PlaceOfPublication Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., ser. 4, 17: 128, 1862.
Description Shrubs or trees. Leaves alternate, distichous, the petiole short, the stipules small and deciduous, the blade entire to serrate. Flowers in axillary, compact, mostly few-flowered, bracteate cymes, small, actinomorphic, mucilaginous; pedicel articulate; sepals free, equal or mostly unequal, persistent; petals imbricate, free, equal or nearly so, sessile, agglutinated in bud, white, yellow or reddish, deciduous with the stamens; filaments flattened, with dorsal, erect, carnose, glandular ap- pendages, these mostly free at the apex and united into a tube equalling or shorter than the filaments; anthers free, with apical connective scales about as long as or twice as long as the anthers; ovary with 3 placentae, each bearing few, 2-seriate ovules; style more or less subulate, the stigma terminal and punctiform. Fruits baccate, indehiscent, the pericarp carnose and mucilaginous; seeds few, the endosperm carnose, the cotyledons large and foliaceous.
Habit Shrubs trees
Distribution A small, neotropical genus represented in Panama by two species; two addi- tional species occur in Central America
Reference A. Robyns, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 53: 110-112, 1966
Key a. Leaves and calyx densely ferruginous-punctate; outer sepals ca 1.8 mm in diam, the inner ones ca 2.5 mm in diam ----------1. G. ferrugineostictum aa. Leaves and calyx epunctate; outer sepals ca 1.5 mm in diam, the inner ones ca 1.8 in diam -----------2. G. portobelense
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