Monographs Details: Distictella
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1978. The botany of the Guayana Highland--part X. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 29: 1-288.
Discussion:9. Distictella O. Kuntze in Post & O. Kuntze, Lex. Gen. Phan. 182. 1903.
Lectotype. D. mansoana (DC.) Urb. = D. elongata (Vahl) Urb.
Distictis Bur., Mon. Bignon. 46. 1864, non Mart, ex Meisn.
Guayana is the center of speciation of this genus and five of its species are known from the Highland. It is characterized by white "Pithecoctenium-type" flowers with a bend in the corolla tube, truncate cupular calyces, trifid tendrils, terete branchlets, absence of interpedolar glandular fields, and oblong or elliptic woody-valved fruits. It ranges from Costa Rica through the Guianas and Bolivia and most of Brazil.