Monographs Details: Strychnos grayi Griseb.
Authority: Krukoff, Boris A. 1965. Supplementary notes on the American species of Strychnos VII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 12: 1-94.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Cuba: Bro. Alain 2912, Eggers 5368 (A) ; Pinar del Rio, Bro. Alain 4370 (GH).Distribution: Cuba (Pinar del Rio, Isla de Pinos, Habana, Santa Clara, Camaguey and Oriente) and the Island of Haiti (or Hispaniola) in the Dominican Republic. Doubtless occurs also in the Republic of Haiti.
Discussion:This species is the only member of the genus which is found in the West Indies, not considering the South American S. pedunculata which occurs in Trinidad. This island is usually considered as a part of South America floristically.
As is the case with the majority of species of Breviflorae, which are spiny shrubs (not bush-ropes of the same section) this is one of the most uninteresting species of the genus.
The available collections of this species clearly illustrate the need of botanical explorations of the Island of Haiti, probably the most poorly collected island in the West Indies. Of the twenty-two collections of this species only one collection was made by Ekman in Haiti, although the species doubtless is rather common on low calcareous hills, in rather low and open forest on the Island.
In Ducke’s key made on the basis of fruit characters, this species should be placed together with S. brasiliensis (33: 86). Fruits and seeds of S. Grayi are very similar to those of S. brasiliensis but are somewhat smaller.
Distribution:Cuba South America
| Haiti South America
| Dominica South America