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Taxon Details: Cariniana legalis Mart. Narratives: Leaf morphology and anatomy of Cariniana legalis. Family: Lecythidaceae Magnoliophyta. Scientific Name: Cariniana legalis Mart. Primary Citation: Revis. Accepted Name: This name is currently accepted. Basionym: Couratari legalis Mart. Synonyms: Couratari legalis Mart. Cariniana brasiliensis Casar. Description: Author: Scott A.

Mori, Ghillean T. Smith Type: Same as for Couratari legalis Mart. Description: Canopy to emergent trees, to 60 m tall, the trunk cylindric, often with very low, long, spreading buttresses. Bark vertically fissured, the outer bark as thick or thicker than the inner bark, the inner bark reddish.

Stems when young, sparsely lenticellate. Leaves: petioles 3. Inflorescences ramiflorous or infrequently axillary, usually racemes or less frequently sparsely branched paniculate arrangements of racemes, the rachises puberulous; pedicels 0. Flowers mm diam. Fruits 4. Because the inner bark and the wood tends to be more reddish or rose-colored than those of C.

Ecology: A canopy to emergent species found in moist forests. Lorenzi reports that it occurs in semi-deciduous forest. He adds that it is native to undisturbed forests but that it tolerates secondary habitats and is classified as a late secondary species by restoration ecologists Pers. Sartori to S. Mori, Oct Lorenzi states that if flowers from Dec to Feb and fruits from Aug to Sep. Pollination: No observations recorded. Dispersal: The unilaterally winged seeds of this species are dispersed by the wind.

Predation: No observations recorded. Field characters: This species is characterized by its relatively small leaves, leaf base margins distinctly enrolled, and cylindrically, relatively small fruits. The petals and androecium are white but the inside of the andorecium has been reported to be red and this is shown in the flower attached image.

Taxonomic notes: This species is very closely related to C. See that species for a discussion of their differences. Lorenzi states that C. He adds that this tree is so admired that numerous cities, streets, parks, etc. Cariniana legalis is used in reforestation projects in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Etymology: The meaning of this species epithet is not known but it may refer to the strikingly beautiful growth habit of this species because the Portuguese word "legal" is applied to something that is "nice" or "cool.

Plantas Raras do Brasil: not on list Giulietti et al. Flora and Monograph Treatment s : Cariniana legalis Mart. Kuntze : [Article] Prance, Ghillean T. Lecythidaceae - Part I. Moreira s. Prance P, Brazil.


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