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Datos del Proyecto Nombre (Last Modified On 1/22/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/22/2013)
Species BROSIMUM ALICASTRUM Sw.
PlaceOfPublication Prodr. Veg. Ind. Occ. 12. 1788.
Synonym Brosimum latifolium Standl. in Trop. Woods 42:26. 1935.
Description Trees to about 30 m. tall, the young branches slender, grayish brown, glabrous or essentially so. Leaves oval to oblong-elliptic, obtuse to shortly subcuspidate- acuminate at the tip, broadly obtuse to rounded at the base, 5-15 cm. long, 2-6 cm. broad, with about 12-18 pairs of slender veins, firmly membranaceous, glabrous, the petioles about 5-7 mm. long; stipules almost fully amplexicaul, about 5 mm. long. Inflorescences subglobose, monoecious or dioecious, 3-6 mm. in diameter at anthesis, the peduncle slender, about as long as the heads or somewhat shorter. Staminate flowers with a very indefinite vestigial perianth; stamen 1, the anther circular,
Habit Tree
Description centrally peltate and dehiscing circumscissilly, about 1 mm. in diameter. Fruit about 1.5 cm. in diameter.
Distribution Southern Mexico to Ecuador; Cuba and Jamaica, at low elevations.
Specimen CHIRIQUI: Progreso, Cooper d Slater 239, 263.
Note Brosimum bernadetteae, B. alicastrum and B. terrabanum appear to be well founded upon the basis of flower and inflorescence structure, but the leaves are not particularly distinctive. At the present time it is difficult to define their natural ranges not only because of the rather few fertile specimens available in herbaria but also because of the large number of sterile specimens labeled either as B. alicastrum or B. terrabanum which add considerable confusion and would much better have been left upon the trees.
 
 
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