Guapira

Aublet

Hist. Pl. Guiane 1: 308, plate 119 (as Quapira). 1775.

Etymology: Portugese guapirá , a Brazilian name more commonly applied to Avicennia s pecies
Synonyms: Torrubia Vellozo
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 74. Mentioned on page 16.

Trees or shrubs, perennial, from tuberous taproot. Stems erect, divaricately branching, unarmed, internodes without glutinous bands, glabrate (short-pubescent). Leaves petiolate; blade broadly lanceolate to obovate, thin, margins entire. Inflorescences in axils of leaves, compound cymose, loose, each flower subtended by 2–3 bracts. Flowers unisexual, (plants dioecious), chamogamous, narrow; staminate perianth 5-toothed, tubular to narrowly campanulate, limb not reflexed at maturity, stamens 5–10, exceeding perianth; pistillate perianth 5-toothed, tubular, closing over ovary, styles slender, barely exserted, stigmas tipped by fine hairs. Fruits bright-orange-red, becoming weakly 10-ribbed upon drying, obovoid to globose, fleshy, glandless.

Discussion

Species 10–50 (2 in the flora).

The genus is closely allied with Neea Ruiz & Pavón, another dioecious, fleshy-fruited, shrubby member of the Nyctaginaceae restricted to the Neotropics.

See E. L. Little Jr. (1968) for additional synonymy.

Selected References

None.

Key

1 Leaf blades coriaceous, rigid when dry; young twigs, buds, and inflorescences glabrate or sparsely reddish pubescent Guapira discolor
1 Leaf blades fleshy-chartaceous, thin and ± papery when dry; young twigs, buds, and inflo- rescences densely reddish pubescent Guapira obtusata

"fine" is not a number.

... more about "Guapira"
John S. Clement +
Aublet +
glutinous +
unequal +
woody +, leathery +  and fleshy +
broadly lanceolate;obovate +
? (?) +  and ? (?) +
connate +  and distinct +
corollalike +  and petaloid +
Neotropics +
curved +  and straight +
Portugese guapirá , a Brazilian name more commonly applied to Avicennia s pecies +
inconspicuous +  and showy +
1 +  and 80 +
chamogamous +  and unisexual +
bright-orange-red +
obovoid +  and globose +
cymose +  and compound +
lateral +  and terminal +
unequal +
not reflexed +
pubescent +  and glabrous +
sinuate +  and entire +
pistillate +  and staminate +
tubular +, 5-toothed +  and narrowly campanulate +
Hist. Pl. Guiane +
thick +  and thin +
fibrous;fleshy +
membranaceous +
ribbed +, 10-ribbed +  and 5-ribbed +
pubescent +, glabrous +  and warty +
wrinkled +
unarmed +  and branching +
fusiform +  and linear +
filiform +
slender +
Torrubia +
Guapira +
Nyctaginaceae +
gland-tipped +
shrub +  and tree +