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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 285. 1753.
Synonym Bromelia Acanga L. Syst. Nat. ed. 12. 2:232. 1767, in part. Bromelia acaulis Stokes, Bot. Mat. Med. 2:204. 1812. Nidularium Karatas (L.) Lem. ex Griseb. Fl. Brit. W. Ind. 591. 1864. Karatas Plumieri E. Morr. in Belg. Hortic. 22:131. 1872.
Description Rosette up to 3 m. in diameter. Leaf-sheaths large, covered with long coarse dark brown scales; blades 3-5 cm. wide, acuminate, pungent, minutely lepidote beneath, laxly armed with coarse curved teeth 5-8 mm. long. Inflorescence many- flowered, flat-topped, surrounded by the red inner leaves. Primary bracts foli- aceous. Floral bracts narrowly oblanceolate, attaining the middle of the sepals, entire or sparsely serrate, membranaceous, coarsely lepidote. Flowers 6-9 cm. long. Pedicels short, stout. Sepals lanceolate, acute, lepidote, 3 cm. long. Petals narrowly lanceolate, to 4 cm. long, connate for more than 2 cm., glabrous, rose with white base and margins. Ovary lepidote. Berry fusi- form, 8 cm. long, 2 cm. thick, acid, edible.
Distribution Mexico and the West Indies to Colombia and Brazil.
Specimen PANAMA: Chepo, alt. ca. 60 m., Pittier 470I.
Note Planted for fences and known locally as Piro, according to Standley.
Common Piro
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