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Malpighia punicifolia L., Sp. Pl. ed. 2. 609. 1762.

Kan.: Simayaranelli; Tel.: Vallari

Shrubs or small trees. Leaves elliptic, obtuse or acute at apex, 4.5-6 x 1.5-2.5 cm, glabrous; petioles 2-4 mm long. Inflorescence corymbs or subumbels, 4-flowered; peduncles 3-7 mm long; pedicels 6-15 mm long, articulate below middle; bracts lanceolate, 1-1.5 mm long; bracteoles 0.5-1 mm long. Calyx-lobes ovate or oblong; glands oblong-ovate, ca 1.5-2 mm long. Petals pinkish; limb suborbicular or orbicular, 3-6 mm long. Filaments ca 2 mm long; anthers oblong, round, ca 1 mm long. Styles obtuse or swollen at apex. Drupes broadly ovoid or globose, obtuse at base, 10-16 mm across.


1a. Leaves elliptic; umbelis 4-flowered; styles obtuse or swollen at apex 4.2. punicifolia
b. Leaves obovate; umbels 1-flowered; styles barbed or compressed 4.1. obovata

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