Taxon Details: Quadrella filipes (Donn.Sm.) Iltis & Cornejo
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Capparaceae (Magnoliophyta)
Scientific Name:

Quadrella filipes (Donn.Sm.) Iltis & Cornejo
Primary Citation:

J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 4(1): 126. 2010
Accepted Name:

This name is currently accepted.

Author : Xavier Cornejo

Description: Shrubs or trees, to 5 m tall, covered by lepidote, occasionally stellate, trichomes. Leaves distichously arranged; petioles 0.5-1 cm long; blades narrowly-elliptic to oblanceolate, 5-36 x 3-11 cm, chartaceous when dry, the base usually cuneate to widely obtuse, the apex acuminate; lateral veins in 10-16 pairs. Inflorescences pendulous-umbellate, supraxillary, ramiflorous; peduncles (2.2-)7-30 cm long, densely lepidote; pedicels 15-20 mm long, densely lepidote. Flowers: sepals triangular, 2-3 x ca. 2 mm, densely lepidote abaxially; petals oblong, widely divergent, 8-15 x 5-8 mm, whitish or light-yellow abaxially, the base subsessile, the apex rounded; nectary scales four; stamens numerous, the filaments 20-30 mm long, white; gynophore 20-30 mm long, the ovary densely lepidote-stellate. Fruits pendulous, linear-subcylindric capsules, 7.5-33 x 0.8-1.2 cm, densely lepidote, brown to yellowish or lilac at maturity without, bright-orange within. Seeds with brown testa; embryo pressumably green.

Common names: Not recorded.

Distribution: Costa Rica and Panama from 20 to 800 m.

Ecology: In moist and wet forests.

Phenology: On the Osa Peninsula, Quadrella filipes has been collected in flower in Jul.

Pollination: Not recorded.

Dispersal: Not recorded.

Taxonomic notes: This species has been treated as Capparis filipes Donn. Sm.

Conservation: Judging by the herbarium collections and the small geographical distribution, it seems that Quadrella filipes is a Near Threatened (NT) species.

Uses: Not recorded.

Etymology: Not recorded.