Monographs Details: Lecythis Loefl.
Authority: Mori, S. A. & Lepsch da Cunha, Nadia M. 1995. The Lecythidaceae of a central Amazonian moist forest. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 75: 1-55.
Family:Lecythidaceae
Scientific Name:Lecythis Loefl.
Description:Genus Description - Understory, canopy, or emergent trees, buttressed or unbuttressed. Bark usually at least slightly fissured. Leaves deciduous or not deciduous; venation mostly brochidodromous, less frequently eucamptrodromous, the tertiary veins reticulate. Buds globose. Flowers usually diurnal, infrequently nocturnal, zygomorphic; calyx with 6 lobes; petals 6, the apices rounded; androecium flat or with inwardly swept appendages, not forming a complete coil, the anthers of staminal ring <2 mm long, with lateral dehiscence; ovary 4-locular, the ovules inserted along or toward base of septum. Fruits globose. Seeds usually with basal aril or aril absent (e.g., L. prancei); embryo without cotyledons.