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Subfamily

II. Subfam. Viticoideae Briq. in Engler & Prantl (1895).

Description

Small trees or shrubs; leaves simple; inflorescence axillary, cymose, lax, flower mauve or blue; calyx campanulate, actinomorphic, 5-lobed, lobes equal; corolla tubular-infundibular to hypocrateriform, 5-lobed, 2-lipped; stamens 4, inserted at base of tube, hardly exserted, thecae parallel; ovary 4-locular, style terminal, with stigma shortly 2-lobed; fruit a flattened, rounded schizocarp, dry or slightly fleshy, composed of 2 pyrenes, each with 2 locules.  Eight species, Hispaniola, Cuba and the Bahamas.

Distribution

Native to:

81 Caribbean

Publication

Pseudocarpidium Millsp., Publ. Field. Columb. Mus. Bot. Ser. 2.: 181 (1906); Leon & Alain, Flora of Cuba 4: 314-316 (1957); Mendez Santos, Fontqueria 33: 1-6 (1992).

Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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