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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 4/9/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 4/9/2013)
Genus Mesechites Miill.-Arg.
PlaceOfPublication Mart., Fl. Bras. 6(1): 150. 1860.
Synonym Echites of many authors, in part, not P. Br., Civ. Nat. Hist. Jamaica 181. 1756.
Description Lianas, sometimes ? herbaceous, lacticiferous. Leaves opposite, bearing 1-4 glands at the base of the midrib, pinnately-nerved; petioles somewhat perfoliate, mostly glandular in the axils. Inflorescences racemose, bostrychoid, axillary and alternate. Flowers mostly medium-sized; calyx 5-lobed, the lobes equal to sub- equal, bearing several alternate or irregularly placed squamellae within; corolla salverform, without appendages, the limb 5-lobed, the lobes dextrorsely convolute; stamens 5, included, the anthers connivent and agglutinated to the stigma, with an enlarged connective characterized by a pedestal-like projection; gynoecium 2- carpellate, apocarpous, the ovary superior, the ovules numerous, the nectaries 5,
Habit Lianas
Description separate or ? concrescent, the style 1, the stigma fusiform-umbraculiform. Fruit apocarpous, of 2 follicles, terete; seeds numerous, dry, subscaphiform, comose apically.
Distribution A genus of about 10 species in tropical America.
Reference Woodson, R. E., Jr. Mesechites. Pp. 629-645 in "The American genera of the Echitoideae." Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 20: 605-790. 1933.
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