Crepidospermum

Crepidospermum Hook. f.

Description:
Trees or shrubs, sometimes buttressed. Leaves usually clustered distally on branchlets; petiolules lacking pulvinuli; leaflet margin serr(ul)ate, rarely (C. cuneifolium) the teeth glandular; freely ending veinlets highly branched. Inflorescences sometimes pseudospicate. Flowers 5-merous, obdiplostemonous or haplostemonous; petals distinct; disk usually glabrous; pistillode in male flowers either containing locules and reduced ovules or sometimes reduced to a parenchymatous cylinder; pistil 5-locular; style unbranched, stigmas 5. Fruit obliquely ovoid, maturing orange to (yellowish) red, valves white or pale red within, pericarp thinly cartilaginous, pseudaril white, pyrenes cartilaginous.  Testa papery, cotyledons plano-convex and uncinately folded to form a “J”- or “U”-shaped structure.  Germination phanerocotylar, first eophylls opposite, simple, margin crenate.

Seven species, moist forests of northern South America.

Original Publication: Crepidospermum Hook. f. in Benth. & Hook. f., Gen. Pl. 1: 325 (1862)

Synonyms: Hemicrepidospermum Swart (1942).

Bibliography: Daly, Kew Bull. 57: 471–477 (2002)

Web Links:
Tropicos – Crepidospermum
The Plant List – Crepidospermum

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