Monographs Details: Omphalea triandra L.
Authority: Liogier, Alain H. 1971. Novitates Antillanae. IV. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 21: 107-157.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - HAITI. Grande Riviere, P. E. Christ, cited by Pax & Hoffman and by Urban; Turgeau, Port-au-Prince, Holdridge 2077 (US), Ekman 5675 (S); Petionville, cult. Ekman 1085 (US). DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Gurabito de Yaroa, Alain 11237 (NY), cultivated; Pueblo Viejo, Santiago, .Austin Rodriguez s. n., (1918), (US).
Fig 7, B-D.
Omphalea triandra is also found in Jamaica, with the vernacular name Cob-nut,
Pop-nut. Fawcett and Rendle say (Flora of Jamaica 4: 320. 1920) that "the nuts
when roasted are equal if not superior to chestnuts." The fruits of this species are
edible, as indicated by their vernacular names: .Avellana, Avcllana criolla (Dominican
Republic); Noisette, Noisetier du pays (Haiti).
Additional notes on the Cuban species:
Omphalea trichotoma Muell.-Arg. is restricted to western Cuba (Habana, Pinar
del Rio and Isle of Pines), growing in coastal thickets, with another species endemic
to the Umestone mountains of Pinar del Rio, O. hypoleuca Griseb. Omphalea
trichotoma is notable for polymorphism in its leaves. Omphalea hypoleuca is simUar
to O. commutata, both of which have smaller glands on the petiole and glabrous
Distribution:Haiti South America
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