Monographs Details: Margaritaria nobilis L.f.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1967. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part VII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 17: 1-439.
Family:Euphorbiaceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Widely distributed from Mexico to southern Brazil: Mexico, Central America, West Indies, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, the Guianas, Brazil (Amazonas, southern Brazil). VENEZUELA. Bolivar: vicinity of Los Patos, 2 km SE of Los Patos, N of Rio Hadia, about 15 km N of Rio Supamo, 30 km S of El Manteco, alt 365 m, 8 Aug 1960, Steyermark 87008 (NY).

Discussion:

Phyllanthus nobilis Mull.-Arg. in DC., Prodr. 15(2): 414. 1866.

Type: Margaritaria nobilis L. f., Suppl. 428 (excl. plant: quae Combretacea).

Margaritaria is separated from Phyllanthus by the indehiscent fruit, the fleshy seedcoat, the non-phyllanthoid branching, the tetramerous flowers, and annular (female) disk. The number of locules of the ovary is variable, mostly 4 - 5, rarely 3. Its relatives are in the West Indies; it is poorly represented south of our area.

Distribution:Venezuela South America| Mexico North America| Brazil South America| Central America| West Indies| Colombia South America| Peru South America| Bolivia South America| Guyana South America| French Guiana South America|