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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/31/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/31/2013)
Genus Argyreia Lour.
PlaceOfPublication Fl. Coch. 134. 1790.
Note TYPE: A. obtusifolia Lour.
Synonym Lettsomia Roxb., Fl. Ind. Ed. Carey and Wall. 2: 75. 1824. TYPE: Not chosen. Moorcroftia Choisy, Mem. Soc. Phys. Geneve 6: 431. 1833. TYPE: Not chosen.
Description Lianas, perennial. Leaves petioled, variable in size and shape, glabrous to pubescent. Flowers in axillary few- to many-flowered cymes; sepals 5, herba- ceous to subcoriaceous, variable in shape and size, often hairy outside, slightly to much enlarged in fruit, in the latter case often red inside; corolla small to large, campanulate, funnelform or tubular, purple, red, pink, or white, the limb nearly entire to deeply lobed, the interplicae pubescent; stamens 5, included or exserted, the stigma biglobular. Fruits ellipsoid or globose, fleshy, leathery, or mealy berries, purplish, red, orange, or yellowish; seeds 4 or fewer, glabrous, rarely pilose at the hilum.
Habit Lianas
Distribution A genus of about 90 species in the Old World Tropics. One species is cul- tivated for ornament in the tropics and subtropics of the New World.
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