Besleria parviflora

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Besleria parviflora


Terrestrial suffrutescent herb or shrub, 0.7-4 m tall. Stem woody at base, erect, strigillose to pubescent near apex, glabrescent below. Leaves subequal in a pair; petiole 0.7-5.5 cm long, strigillose to puberulent; blade subcoriaceous to papyraceous when dry, elliptic to lanceolate, 8.5-20.5 x 3.2-7.9 cm, margin minutely denticulate to entire, apex acuminate, base acute to cuneate, above glabrous to sparsely puberulent, below glabrous to sparsely puberulent. Flowers solitary or in 2-8-flowered umbellate inflorescences; peduncle 0-0.4 cm long, puberulous; pedicel 0.2-0.7 cm long, strigillose. Calyx campanulate, green, lobes connate 1/4 to 1/3 their length, tube 0.2 cm long, free portion of lobes erect, equal, lanceolate to ovate, 0.1-0.3 x 0.1-0.2 cm wide, margin entire, apex acute to acuminate, outside strigillose, inside glabrous; corolla erect in calyx, greenish white to yellow, 0.4-0.7 cm long, tube cylindric, 0.3-0.6 cm long, base not spurred, 0.15 cm wide, middle not ventricose, throat slightly constricted, 0.2-0.3 cm wide, outside minutely puberulent, inside lacking a ring of glandular hairs, minutely puberulent at mouth, limb 0.3-0.6 cm wide, lobes subequal, slightly spreading, broadly ovate to suborbicular, 0.2-0.25 x 0.2-0.25 cm wide, margin entire; stamens included, inserted ca. 0.15 cm above base of corolla tube; ovary ovoid, ca. 0.2 x 0.12-0.15 cm wide, glabrous, style 0.17-0.2 cm long, glabrous, stigma 2-lobed. Mature berry reddish, globose, 0.3-0.5 x 0.3-0.5 cm.


Guayana Highlands present, Guyana present, Southern America: Venezuela (Venezuela present)
Guayana Highlands in Guyana and adjacent Venezuela and Brazil; 18 collections studied (GU: 1).


Collected in fruit in .


Corolla and stamens not present in Guianan material; descr. from Venezuelan material.