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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/29/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/29/2012)
Species EPIPHYLLUM LEPIDOCARPUM (Weber) Britton & Rose
PlaceOfPublication Contr. U. S. Nat. Herb. 16:257. 1913.
Synonym Phyllocactus lepidocarpus Weber, in Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 8:462. 1902.
Description Succulent epiphytic shrubs, the primary stem joints weakly 3-angled, up to 1 cm. thick when young, becoming terete and thicker when old, the secondary stem joints oblong- to narrowly ovate-elliptic, obtuse at the tip, decurrent to a very short weakly angled subpetiolar base, about 2-7 dm. long and 3-7 cm. broad, rather narrowly serrate, remarkably thin and more or less venose in dessication, the areoles 4-5 cm. distant, minutely puperulent, borne superficially upon the upper
Habit shrub
Description broad margin of the serrations. Flowers nocturnal, rather broad and handsome, white with the outer segments flushed with rose, the perianth tube about 7-8 cm. long, tubular, about 4 mm. in diameter at the base, rather gradually dilating to a narrowly conical throat about 1.5 cm. broad at the orifice, bearing a few incon- spicuous deciduous linear bracts subtending puberulent areoles toward the base, the segments 7-8 cm. long, the outer linear, flushed with rose, the inner narrowly obovate-elliptic, white, the ovary narrowly turbinate, bearing crowded persistent ovate bracts and conspicuous puberulent areoles. Berry turbinate-fusiform, occa- sionally conspicuously beaked, 6-9 cm. long, 2-4 cm. thick, covered with the accrescent hyaline bracts and puberulent areoles, purplish pink when ripe.
Distribution Highland Costa Rica and western Panama, epiphytic or upon rocks.
Specimen CHIRIQUI: valley of the upper Rio Chiriqui Viejo, vicinity of Monte Lirio, alt. 1300- 1900 m., Seibert 206; Bajo Chorro, Boquete District, alt. 6000 ft., Davidson 253.
Note A species particularly noteworthy because of its peculiar scaly fruits.
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