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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 8/1/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 8/1/2013)
Species Posadaea sphaerocarpa Cogn.
PlaceOfPublication Bull. Acad. Roy. Sci. Belgique, ser. 3. 20: 477. 1890.
Note TYPE: Colombia, Posada-Arango (BR, not seen).
Description Herbaceous vines; stems pilose, glabrate in age. Leaves with the blades ovate to suborbicular, 3- to 5-angulate or -lobate, 11-15(-18) cm long, 8-14(-19) cm wide, the apex acute to obtuse, the base deeply cordate, the margin remotely denticulate, submembranaceous, both the surfaces sparsely pilose, punctate sca- brous in age; petiole 3-9 cm long, sparsely pilose; tendrils simple or 2-branched, pilose. Staminate flowers axillary, racemose, the rachis 2-6 cm long, slender, sparsely pilose, 3- to 5-flowered at the apex; pedicels 8-14 mm long, slender, ebracteolate or minutely bibracteolate; calyx campanulate, sparsely villous to glabrate, 6-9 mm long, the lobes 3.0-5.5 mm long, linear, acute, reflexed, sparsely pilose to glabrous; corolla yellow, the lobes obovate oblong, 8-9 mm long, nearly as wide, 7- to 9-nerved, sparsely short villous on both the surfaces; anthers white, 1.5-2.0 mm long, the theca recurved at the apex; pistillode cupulate, minute. Pistillate flowers axillary, solitary; peduncle stout, 2-3 cm long, short pilose; calyx and corolla as in the staminate flowers but slightly smaller; ovary elliptic ovoid, ca. 1 cm long, pilose, style ca. 3 mm long, the stigma dilated, obcordate, subreflexed, 3-5 mm wide; staminodia obtuse, 1.5-2.0 mm long. Fruit light greenish yellow, globose, 8-10 cm in diameter, the pericarp woody, the flesh pulpy, white, the surface minutely verruculose; peduncle 9-15 cm long, tapering from a slender base to a wide thickened apex and merging with the fruit, gla- brous; seeds narrowly obovate, 12-14 mm long, 7-8 mm wide, compressed, white, smooth.
Habit vines
Distribution ranges from Guatemala through Central America south to Colombia, Ecuador, Guiana, Brazil, and Trinidad.
Note It occurs in tropical moist forests and thickets, scrambling over shrubs or on the ground. The gourdlike fruits resemble those of Lagenaria and are reportedly used in a similar manner.
Common brujito
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Valley of Masambi, on the road to Las Cascadas Plantation, Pittier 2589 (GH, US). Around Culebra, Pittier 4805 (US). Las Cascadas Plantation, near Summit, Standley 29582 (US). PANAMAN: Rio Tapia, Standley 28303 (US).
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