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3. Ardisia escallonioides Schlechtendal & Chamisso, Linnaea. 6: 393. 1831.

Island marlberry

Icacorea paniculata (Nuttall) Sudworth

Subshrubs or trees, not stolon-iferous, 11-15.2 m; branchlets sparsely to densely rufous-papillate, sometimes also with multicellular hairs. Leaves: petiole 5-12 mm, glabrous; blade elliptic to oblanceolate, 3.2-17.5 × 1.3-6.2 cm, margins entire, flat, (without vascularized nodules), apex acute, surfaces glabrous. Inflorescences terminal, panicles of racemes, 6-18-flowered. Pedicels erect, 0.4-0.6 cm, sparsely to densely rufous-papillate. Flowers: sepals 5-6, ovate, 1.8-2 mm, margins entire, (glandular-ciliolate), apex acute, minutely papillate; petals 5-6, white to pink, lanceolate, 6.7-6.9 mm, margins entire, (hyaline, membranous), apex acute, punctate, with dense, yellow papillae adaxially at base, glabrous; stamens shorter than petals; anthers ovate to lanceolate, apex apiculate, punctate abaxially; ovary pellucid-punctate, glabrous; ovules 39-44, multiseriate. Drupes red, becoming black, 4-7 mm diam., punctate.

Flowering May-Jun; fruiting Nov-May. Hammocks; 0-30 m; introduced; Fla.; Mexico; West Indies (Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Dominican Republic); Central America (Belize, Guatemala).


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