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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)
Species HIBISCUS FURCELLATUS Desrousseaux in Lam.
PlaceOfPublication Encycl. Me'th. Bot. 3: 358. 1789.
Description Suffrutex herb 1-2 m high, the stem puberulus to velutinous with minute stellate hairs and sometimes with short prickle-like simple hairs. Leaves with the petiole 3-8 cm long, stellate-velutinous, the stipules subulate-filiform; blade broadly ovate, subcircular or depressed ovate, sometimes 3-angulate or shallowly 3(-5) -lobed, cordate at the base, obtuse to acuminate at the apex, irregularly dentate' or denticu- late at the margin, usually 8-12 cm long and wide, 5- to 9-palminerved, somewhat scabridulous and stellate-puberulus above, stellate-velutinous to stellate-puberulus, with the venation slightly prominent and with an oblong gland near the base of the midrib beneath. Flowers solitary in the upper leaf axils, the pedicel stout, articulated, 1-3 cm long, stellate-velutinous and sometimes hispid with long, simple to stellate, pustular-based hairs; epicalyx of 10-14 bractlets, these narrowly linear, unequally bifurcate at the apex, 8-12 mm long, minutely stellate-velutinous and sometimes hispid with long, simple to stellate, pustular-based hairs, slightly accres- cent; calyx cupuliform, lobed to about the middle, 15-20 mm long, accrescent, minutely stellate-velutinous, the lobes deltoid-oblong, acuminate, prominently 3-nerved, the veins mostly hispid with long, simple to stellate, pustular-based hairs, the lateral veins very close to the margin (thickened margin), the midvein of each lobe with an oblong gland; petals cuneate-obovate, rounded at the apex, 6-9 cm long, rose-purple with a darker center; staminal tube ca 1/2 as long as the corolla, antheriferous throughout; style branches exceeding the staminal tube, the stigmas hirtellous. Capsule surrounded by and slightly shorter than the accrescent calyx, broadly oblong-ovoid, acuminate and mucronulate, 22-25 mm long, the mucro ca 2 mm long, the valves minutely stellate-velutinous and sericeous with long, simple, white hairs; seeds subrotund-reniform-angulate, ca 3 mm long, glabrous.
Habit herb
Distribution Florida, West Indies and southern Mexico to Brazil and Paraguay.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Chiva-Chiva Trail, Piper 5722 (US?).
Note I have not seen the above mentioned collection which was determined and cited as such in Kearney's manuscript (see footnote 2). It was impossible to locate this specimen at the U. S. National Herbarium, Washington, D. C., where Max- on's collections are deposited.
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