Coutoubea ramosa var. ramosa

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Coutoubea ramosa var. ramosa


Leaves dark green, narrowly elliptic to narrowly ovate, 2.5-15.5 x 0.2-3 cm; secondary veins, if visible, flat, sunken or slightly prominent above, slightly prominent beneath. Inflorescence sometimes composed of 2 or 3 racemes (2)4-17 cm long, including peduncle of up to 5 cm long; bracts leaf-like, 6-55 mm long, smaller in upper part, bracteoles ovate, ca. 1 mm long (sometimes very narrowly elliptic, up to 7 mm long), pedicels 0.5-2 mm long. Flowers horizontal or slightly erect, irregularly arranged; calyx green, 4-6.5 mm long, calyx lobes 2.5-4 x 1-2 mm, margin light green; corolla white, pink or slightly purple tinged or -striped, in throat purple or deep violet, 8-12 mm long, corolla lobes erect or as a funnel, 3-5 x 1.5-2 mm, apex acute to acuminate; filaments white, 2-2.5 mm long, anthers olive-coloured, 1.5-2 mm long; ovary ovoid, 4 x 2 mm, style white, 3 mm long, stigma lobes white, 0.5-1 x 0.5-1 mm, hanging downwards. Fruiting pedicel 1-4 mm long. Fruit dark green, ellipsoid, 5-8 x 2-5 mm; seeds 0.3 mm in diam.


Guianas present present, Southern America: Bolivia (Bolivia present); Colombia (Colombia present); Venezuela (Venezuela present)
Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Brazil, Bolivia; numerous collections studied, of which 111 from the Guianas (GU: 25; SU: 49; FG: 37).

Common Name

Boni (French Guiana): bita, kapua-bita, koichi-bita; English (Guyana): kubiorakoton; English (Suriname): bradi-bita, diabita, dosumadodo pikin nengre bita, segotro-wiwiri


Flowering and fruiting .


Guyana: roots against diarrhea, leaves to bitter the blood (from label: Riley 12). French Guiana: as infusion against stomach-ache (from label: Sastre 4027); bitter febrifuge (from label: Herbier de l'Exposition Coloniale s.n.).