Monographs Details: Torralbasia
Authority: Liogier, Alain H. 1971. Novitates Antillanae. IV. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 21: 107-157.
Family:Celastraceae
Scientific Name:Torralbasia
Discussion:This genus was created by Krug & Urban (Symb. Ant. 5: 49. 1904), based on Cuban specimens collected by Charles Wright, and identified by him and by Grisebach as Euonymus cuncifolius. It is similar to Maytenus Molina because of its dehiscent capsule; it has 4-merous flowers, 4-ceUed ovary, with 1 ovule in each cell; Maytenus has 5-merous flowers, 2-4-celled ovary, with 2 ovules in each cell.

When he described this genus, Urban took the already described species as the type species; Euonymus cuncifolius C. Wright ex Grisebach thus became Torralbasia cuneifolia (C. Wright ex Grisebach) Krug & Urban. Urban later described a second species, Torralbasia domingensis. In his short discussion, he says that the two species are very close together; the differences given by him are as follows: leaf shape, length of the inflorescence, length of the pedicels, calyx and petals, length of the carpidia.

After collecting Torralbasia several times in the Dominican Republic, and comparing my specimens with the Cuban and Puerto Rican material, I fail to recognize any consistent differences between the two supposedly different taxa; some of the Dominican and Puerto Rican specimens have a slightly larger flower, but the dimensions alone are not sufficient to maintain two separate taxa; also some size variation is noted throughout the range of the species.