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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 9/17/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 9/17/2013)
Genus Rudgea Salisbury
PlaceOfPublication Trans. Linn. Soc. London 8: 327. 1807.
Note TYPE: R. lanceaefolia Salisbury.
Synonym Strempelia A. Rich. ex DC., Prodr. 4: 498. 1830. TYPE: S. guianiensis A. Rich. ex DC.
Description Shrubs, occasionally small trees. Leaves often coriaceous or subcoriaceous, petiolate or sessile; stipules interpetiolar, often with subulate or prickly teeth on the dorsal surface or on the margins, the margins occasionally laciniate. Info- rescence terminal, paniculate, cymose, umbellate or capitate, occasionally 1-flowered. Flowers with the calycine cup obsolete or obvious, the teeth present or absent; corolla salverform or funnelform, the lobes valvate; ovary 2-celled, the ovules connate, attached to a common basal column. Fruits baccate; seeds vertical, commonly only one present in the mature fruit.
Habit Shrubs
Distribution occurs throughout the American tropics and in the West Indies.
Reference Steyermark, J. 1967. Rudgea. Botany of the Guayana Highland-Part VII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 396-425.
Key a. Leaves sessile, at least some auriculate and/or amplexicaul at the base; largest blades to 4 cm wide ...... 1. R. amplexic aulis aa. Leaves petiolate, not auriculate or amplexicaul; largest blades 4.5-10.0 cm wide. b. Largest leaf blades 5-11 cm long ...... 2. R. chiriquiensis bb. Largest leaf blades 12-22 cm long. c. Largest leaves 12-14 cm long. d. Fruits rotund, ca. 0.5 cm long. e. Leaves with 7-8 lateral veins; stipules ca. 0.3 cm long ...... 3. R. cornifolia ee. Leaves with 8-11 lateral veins; stipules ca. I cm long ...... 4. R. coronicarpa dd. Fruits oblong, 1 cm or more long ...... 5. R. isthinensis cc. Largest leaf blades 20-22 cm long. f. Leaves coriaceous; stipules to 1.5 cm long ...... 6. R. pittieri ff. Leaves chartaceous; stipules 0.6-0.9 cm long ...... 7. R. skutchii
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