Monographs Details: Faramea occidentalis (L.) A.Richard subsp. occidentalis var. occidentalis
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1967. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part VII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 17: 1-439.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Mexico, Central America, West Indies, and Suriname. SURINAME. Hostmann 501; Liberte, Suriname river, south of Paramaribo, J.& P A. Florschutz 1008; Berthoud-Coulon 199, 200; marsh forest, fluv. Saramacca inferio, Jarikaba-kreek, inter Uitkijk et Groningen, Kramer & Hekking 2192.

Species Description - Typical F. occidentalis subsp occidentalis var occidentalis from Jamaica has the corolla 27-28 mm long (tube 13-18 mm, lobes 11-16 mm), calyx and hypanthium combined length of 3-5 mm, and calyx-tube 1.5 mm long. The range of variation shown in the other AVest Indian islands varies as follows: corolla length 15-33 mm (tube 7-18, lobes 8-17), calyx with hypanthium 2.5-4.5 mm, and calyx-tube 1-2 mm long.


Faramea occidentalis (L.) Rich., Mem. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 5: 176. 1834.

This is the common variation of the species in the West Indies. I have seen material from Jamaica (type locality), Hispaniola, St. Vincent, Santo Domingo, Dominica, Antigua, Barbados, St. Thomas, Martinique, Saba, Virgin Islands, Grenada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, St. Kitts, Dominican Republic, St. Jan, Guadeloupe, Tobago, and Trinidad. In Mexico it is found from Jalisco and San Potosi southward, ranging throughout the Central American republics. In South America the following specimens, all from Suriname, are conspecific with the West Indian typical variation.