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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 1/29/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/29/2013)
PlaceOfPublication Nov. Gen. Sp. P1. Prodr. 97. 1788.
Description Trees, unarmed, the trunk sometimes buttressed, the wood very light. Leaves simple, petiolate, the stipules broadly ovate, the blade generally cordate, palmi- nerved, with tufted hairs. Flowers grouped toward the tip of the branchlets, axillary, solitary, hermaphrodite, actinomorphous, pedicellate, 3-bracteolate, the bracteoles fugacious; receptacle eglandular; calyx tubiform, slightly funnel-shaped, 5-lobate and with unequal lobes, coriaceous, with tufted hairs outside, deciduous; petals 5, adnate to the base of the staminal column, fleshy, with tufted hairs outside; stamens numerous, the staminal column elongate, shortly 5-lobate, antheriferous from about the middle to the apex; anthers l-thecate, sessile, confluent, anfractuose, extrorse, longitudinally dehiscent; ovary superior, sessile, 5-celled, the cells many- ovulate; style filiform; stigma exceeding slightly the staminal column, spirally 5- sulcate. Capsules subligneous, elongate, loculicidally 5-valvate, densely lanate within; seeds numerous, small, pyriform, imbedded in the hairs of the capsule; coty- ledons broad, the margins involute.
Habit Trees
Distribution A neotropical, monotypic genus distributed from southern Mexico to Bolivia.
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