8. LOROSTEMON Ducke, Arq. Inst. Biol. Veg. 1: 210. 1935.

by Denis M. Kearns

Trees, latex white to yellow. Leaves opposite, with conspicuous subparallel secondary veins, with latex canals. Flowers solitary, terminal, bisexual, with several pairs of basal bracts. Sepals 5, imbricate; petals 5, elongate and linear. Stamens many; filaments fused basally into 5 fascicles; anthers long. Ovary elongate, 5-locular; ovules few per carpel; style short; stigma lobed. Fruit stipitate, dry, indehiscent or dehiscing by twisting of the valves. Seeds large; cotyledons minute.

Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Peru, Brazil; ca. 4 species, 1 in Venezuela.

Lorostemon colombianus Maguire, Bot. Mus. Leaf. 18: 159, t. 30. 1958.

Small tree 10-15 m tall; latex yellow; petals deep red. Lower montane forests, 700-800 m; Amazonas (Sierra de la Neblina along Brazilian border). Colombia, Peru, Brazil. Fig. 216.

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