Paradrymonia

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Paradrymonia

Description

Terrestrial or epiphytic, caulescent, erect, ascending, or scrambling herbs, subshrubs, or lianas, without modified stems. Stems branched or unbranched. Leaves opposite, often appearing rosulate, equal to strongly unequal in a pair, venation pinnate, foliar nectaries absent. Flowers axillary, in pedunculate or epedunculate, usually congested cymes; bracteoles present; pedicellate. Calyx lobes free; corolla white or yellow with red or purple spots or lines, funnel-form or trumpet shaped; stamens included, filaments not connate or basally connate, anthers coherent, dehiscing by longitudinal slits, thecae parallel or divergent at base; staminode small; disc of 1 or 2 glands; ovary superior, stigma capitate, stomatomorphic, or 2-lobed. Fruit a fleshy, white or colored capsule, loculicidally dehiscent, 2-valved, valves opening slightly.

Distribution

C and northern S America: present Guianas: present
36 or more species, in C and northern S America; 7 species in the Guianas.

Cytology

Chromosome number n=9 (Skog 1984).