Quadrella incana

(Kunth) H. H. Iltis and X. Cornejo

Novon 17: 452. 2007

Common names: Caper
Synonyms: Capparis karwinskiana SchlechtendalCapparis pauciflora C. PreslOctanema incana (Kunth) Rafinesque
Basionyms: Capparis incana Kunth
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 7. Treatment on page 198. Mentioned on page 194.
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Shrubs, 0.5–2.5[–8] m. Stems ± terete, tomentose, trichomes stellate. Leaves: petiole 7–14(–18) mm, nectaries absent; blade narrowly to broadly elliptic or lanceolate, 3–5(–9) × 1–3 cm, not coriaceous, base cuneate, apex acuminate, acute, or barely obtuse, abaxial surface stellate-pubescent, adaxial surface glabrous. Inflorescences 2–6 cm. Pedicels 4–6 mm, tomentose. Flowers nocturnal, fragrant; sepals deciduous, linear-oblong, 2–3 × 0.5–1 mm, abaxially with stellate trichomes; petals white, ovate, 5–6(–8) × 3–4 mm; stamens 8, 6–8 mm; gynophore 4–5 mm. Capsules dehiscing into 2–4 valves, ovoid to obovoid or globose, 13–17(–20) × 10–13 mm, not constricted between seeds. Seeds 1, (cochleate-reniform), 11–13 mm (embryo white). 2n = 16.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Coastal scrub
Elevation: 0-5 m


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Tex., Mexico (Campeche, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatán), Central America (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras).




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