Monographs Details: Tapura haitiensis Urb. & Ekman
Authority: Prance, Ghillean T. 1972. Dichapetalaceae. Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 10: 1-84. (Published by NYBG Press)
Family:Dichapetalaceae
Description:Species Description - Medium sized tree, the young branches puberulous, soon becoming glabrous. Leaves broadly obovate, 4.5-8.5 cm long, 3.2-6.5 cm broad, retuse to rounded at apex, rounded to subcuneate and unequal at base, glabrous beneath; midrib slightly impressed at least on lower portion above, prominent beneath and with a few stiff ‘appressed hairs only; primary veins 6-8 pairs, arcuate, anastomosing; petioles 2.0-8.0 mm long, sparsely appressed pubescent when young, becoming glabrous, rugose, terete. Stipules triangular, ca 1.0 mm long, caducous. Flowers borne on upper portion of petiole. Inflorescence, flower and fruit not seen.

Distribution and Ecology - Apparently endemic to Massif de la Hotte in Haiti.

Discussion:This species was described from sterile material, and is probably distinct. The existing material shows that it is closest to T. cubensis, but apparently differs in the much broader leaves. Further material is needed to decide whether T. haitiensis is distinct from T. cubensis.
Distribution:Haiti South America|