Clarisia ilicifolia

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Clarisia ilicifolia


Shrub or small tree, sometimes up to 20m tall; most hairs uncinate. Branchlets puberulous. Stipules 0.1-0.3 cm long, puberulous; petiole 0.3-2.5 cm long; blade subcoriaceous to coriaceous, elliptic to narrowly elliptic, (3-)8-33 x (1.5-)2.5-12 cm, apex acuminate, acumen spinulose, base acute to obtuse, margin entire, spinulose-dentate or more or less deeply lobed, glabrous above glabrous or sparsely puberulous beneath; primary vein prominent above, veins prominent beneath, secondary veins (5-)8-20 pairs. Inflorescences on spurs. Staminate inflorescences capitate, ca. 0.5 cm in diam.; peduncle 0.3-2 cm long; flowers ca. 5-20; stigmas 1-2 mm long. Fruiting perianth ellipsoid to narrowly ellipsoid, 1.5-2 cm high.


Amazon Basin present, Guianas present, eastern Brazil present
Guianas, Amazon Basin, and eastern Brazil.

Common Name

English: ka'a pilspi, letterhout, manletterhout, yanita