Schoepfia lucida

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Schoepfia lucida


Shrub or tree, 3-8(-25) m tall, bark light brown, flaky. Branchlets terete, slender, finely striate. Petioles rugulose, 5-8 x 1 mm; blades firmly chartaceous to subcoriaceous, ovate- to elliptic-oblong, (4.5-)7-9(-12) x (2.5-)3-4.5(-6) cm, apex gradually attenuate, or subacuminate, sometimes obtuse, tip obtuse except for a minute apiculus, base subinequilateral, more or less narrowly cuneate, greenish-olivaceous and shiny primarily above when dry, minutely tuberculate all over both surfaces, primary vein flat above, a little prominent beneath, secondary veins 4-5 pairs, slightly raised primarily beneath. Spikes axillary, usually solitary, rarely geminate, with 2 or 3 flowers together in a group, practically glabrous or finely puberulous all over except the corolla; bracts and bracteoles of the epicalyx free to almost the base, 1 mm long. Flower-axis broadly cup-shaped, 1 mm long; corolla urceolate-cylindric, yellow or greenish-yellow, 4-4.5(-5) mm long including the lobes, the latter deltoid, obtuse, reflexed, ca. 1 mm long; disc and top of ovary glabrous. Drupe solitary on top of infructescence, ellipsoid or ellipsoid-obovoid, dark crimson or purple, 12-15 x 9-10 mm.


Amazonian Venezuela present, Guianas present, Southern America: Brazil West-Central (Mato Grosso present), Surinam present
Amazonian Venezuela, Surinam, and Brazil (Mato Grosso); very rare in the Guianas, only once collected in Surinam (type). 12 collections studied.