Cyrilla

Garden in C. Linnaeus

Syst. Nat. ed. 12, 2: 182. 1767

Mant. Pl. 1: 5, 50. 1767 ,

Etymology: For Dominico Cirillo, 1739–1799, Italian physician and professor of natural history, University of Naples
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 369. Mentioned on page 367.
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Shrubs or trees, deciduous or semi-evergreen, usually much-branched from base. Leaves: petiole present; blade with prominent midrib and clearly visible lateral veins on both surfaces. Inflorescences clustered at distal ends of branchlets of previous season, produced after shoot growth of current season begins, 6–18 cm; bract persistent. Pedicels: bracteoles persistent, 2. Flowers: sepals lanceolate-ovate, apex acute to acuminate; petals ovate to ovate-lanceolate, base not clawed, apex acute; stamens 5; filaments terete, somewhat expanded basally; ovary 2–3(–4)-locular; ovules 1–3 per locule; stigma 2–3(–4)-lobed. Fruits berrylike, unwinged, ovoid to subglobose. Seeds usually absent, sometimes 1–4.

Distribution

e, sc United States, s Mexico, West Indies, Central America, n South America.

Discussion

Species 1: e, sc United States, s Mexico, West Indies, Central America, n South America.

Several species or varieties of Cyrilla have been distinguished on the basis of local variation in leaf and inflorescence size; most recent floristic treatments follow J. L. Thomas (1960) and recognize a single variable species.

Species 1

Lower Taxa