Comprehensive Description

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Catesbaea longispina A. Rich, in Sagra, Hist. Cuba 11: 12
A shrub, sometimes scandent, densely branched, the branches stout, terete, rimose, the
younger ones glabrous or minutely pilosulous, the internodes 1.5 cm. long or shorter; stipules
minute, membranaceous; spines slender, 1.5-2.3 cm. long, ascending at a wide angle, terete,
olivaceous, striate; petioles stout, 1-2 mm. long; leaf -blades rounded-ovate or elliptic, 6-10
mm. long, 5-8 mm. wide, rounded or very obtuse at the apex and minutely apiculate, abruptly
contracted and short-decurrent at the base, dark-green and lustrous above, glabrous, slightly
paler beneath, the slender costa prominent, the lateral nerves obsolete, the margin plane or
subrevolute; flowers axillary, solitary, the pedicels about 5 mm. long, glabrous or puberulent;
hypanthium clavate, tapering to the base, 4-5 mm. long; calyx-lobes shortly united at the base,
3-4 mm. long, linear-subulate from a somewhat dilated base; corolla yellow, 5-7 cm. long,
glabrous, the tube gradually dilated upward, 2.5 mm. wide at the base, 6-8 mm. thick in the
throat, the 4 lobes rounded-triangular, obtuse or acutish, 1.5 cm. long; anthers exserted, linear,
1.5 cm. long.
Type locality: Cuba.
DISTRIBUTION: Sandy stream banks or saline plains, Santa Clara and Camaguey (and perhaps other provinces), Cuba.
bibliographic citation
Paul Carpenter Standley. 1934. RUBIALES; RUBIACEAE (pars). North American flora. vol 32(3). New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY
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