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FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 8 | Theophrastaceae

1. Bonellia Bertero ex Colla, Hortus Ripul. 21. 1824.

[For Franco Andrea Bonelli, 1784-1830, Italian zoologist]

Richard P. Wunderlin

Shrubs or trees, resin canals absent. Stems erect, much-branched; young branches puberulous, hairs relatively short, uniseriate [glabrous]. Leaves alternate or pseudoverticillate; blade elliptic to oblanceolate, base obtuse [attenuate], margins entire [serrate], apex obtuse to acute, aristate [mucronate or mucro absent], surfaces glabrous [pubescent], punctate. Inflorescences terminal racemes, 5-20-flowered, pedunculate. Pedicels present, bracteate. Flowers: sepals distinct; corolla yellow or orange [white or whitish], salverform or short-campanulate, lobes as long as or longer than tube, apex obtuse; stamens borne at base of corolla tube; filaments distinct; anthers at first aggregated around stigma and style, later spreading; staminodes borne at apex of corolla tube, petaloid; stigma capitate, lobed. Berries yellow [orange], ovoid or globose, apex apiculate. Seeds 1-8, dark brown, oblong or elliptic, flattened, slightly alveolate, partially covered by placental tissue.

Species 22 (1 in the flora): introduced; Florida, Mexico, West Indies (Greater Antilles), Central America, South America.

SELECTED REFERENCE Ståhl, B. and M. Källersjö. 2004. Reinstatement of Bonellia (Theophrastaceae). Novon 14: 115-118.

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