Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Gurania makoyana

(Lem.) Cogn., Diagn. Cucurb. Nov. fast. 1. 17. 1876

G. seemanniana Cogn.; G. donnell-smithii Cogn.

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Dioecious vine; stems and leaves sparsely to densely white-vinous; tendrils simple. Petioles 4-10 cm long; blades usually deeply (3) 5 (7) -lobed, 15-30 (40) cm long, nearly as wide as long, cordate at base, chartaceous, the lobes acuminate, 4-7 cm wide, with apiculate teeth, the upper surface minutely pustulate; juvenile leaves often entire or shallowly lobed. Inflorescences sparsely to densely pilose; flowers 5-parted; calyx orange; corolla yellow; staminate inflorescences solitary, pendent; pedun­cles to 15 cm long; staminate flowers sessile, in subglo­bose clusters; floral rachis 1-2 cm long; calyx ovoid at base, densely vinous, the lobes almost filiform, to 4 cm long; corolla fleshy, acute at apex, only slightly exceeding anthers, conspicuously     papillose-puberulent, to 15 (24) mm. long, the tube constricted above anthers; anthers 2, included, dorsifixed, subsessile, narrowly ovate, 5-6 mm long; pistillate flowers pedicellate, several per axil, on usually leafless nodes at the stem apex; pedicel and ovary together 1.5-2 cm long; pedicels 4-5 cm long in fruit; inner surfaces of calyx and corolla glabrous, otherwise much like staminate flowers. Fruits cylindrical, 4-6 cm long and 2-2.5 cm broad, green at maturity with the old flowers persisting; seeds many,          depressed-ellipsoid, 6-9 mm. long and 3-5 mm broad, white. Croat 5674, 9408.

Occasional, in open areas of the forest and along trails and margins of clearings. Flowering throughout the dry season and in the early rainy season (December to June), perhaps longer. Mature fruits have been seen in the late dry and early rainy seasons.

Guatemala to Panama, perhaps into South America.

In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone (both slopes), Bocas del Toro, San Blas, Chiriqui, Panama, and Darién, from premontane wet forest in Panama, and from tropical wet forest in Colón (Santa Rita Ridge), Veraguas, Coclé, and Darién.

See Fig. 539.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Gurania makoyana leaf
  • Gurania makoyana inflorescence
  • Gurania makoyana inflorescence
  • Gurania makoyana Timeseries
  • Gurania makoyana