Lycianthes sanctaeclarae (Greenm.) D'Arcy
SolanaceaePotato Family

Flower
Flower



Identification
  - hemi-epiphyte
  - paired leaves with dense stellate hairs
  - blue waxy flowers- yellow berries

Description: Hemi-epiphytic shrub with branches to 2 m long; twigs and leaves densely coated with stalked stellate and branched hairs; leaves paired, petioles to 1 cm, blades to 11 x 26 cm, elliptic, asymmetric, acuminate, base acute and unequal, veins expressed above and below, slightly bullate, minor leaf broadly elliptic, 30-50% as long as major leaf; flowers sessile, arising between leaf pairs, pedicel and calyx stellate pubescent, corolla purple-blue, about 1 cm long; fruit a yellow berry.

Similar species
Lycianthes synanthera

Local distribution: Atlantic slope from lowlands to 900 m (Ro Peas Blancas valley).

Species range: Nicaragua to Panama

Habitat: Grows on tree trunks in open forest, forest edge, and pastures in wet forest habitats.

Herbivores
Callithomia hezia

Phenology: Flower: may-jul+. Fruit: jul+.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Birds

Comments: Occurs as high as 850 m in the Peas Blancas drainage (Eladio, Poco Sol).



Credits: Images and text copyright 2002-2006 by William A. Haber, http://efg.cs.umb.edu/