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1. Heteropterys brachiata (Linnaeus) de Candolle in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 1: 591. 1824. (as Heteropteris).
[F I]

Banisteria brachiata Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 428. 1753; H. beecheyana A. Jussieu

Leaf blades elliptic, larger blades 4–8.5(–9.5) × (2–)3–6(–7) cm, base cuneate or rounded, apex rounded or slightly emarginate, obtuse, or acute and often apiculate, abaxial surface moderately to densely and usually persistently tomentose, occasionally tardily glabrescent, adaxial surface tomentose to glabrate, bearing 1–4 pairs of peltate glands abaxially near base and occasionally 1–2 additional pairs distally. Inflorescences: umbels or corymbs (2–)3–6-flowered. Samaras 18–32 mm; nut 3–4 mm diam., winglets 1–3.5 mm high.

Flowering and fruiting Nov–Dec. Hammocks; 0–10 m; introduced; Fla.; s Mexico; Central America; w South America.

Heteropterys brachiata is cultivated as an ornamental and locally naturalized in southernmost Florida.


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