Caribea

Caribea

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Synonymy

Caribea Alain in Candollea 17: 113. 1960 sec. Bittrich & Kühn (1993)

Notes

An endemic genus from Cuba that has a unique morphology among the Nyctaginaceae (Douglas & Spellenberg 2010). Caribea includes compact bush-forming taprooted perennials characterised by opposite leaves forming a stipulariform sheath at base (Bittrich & Kühn 1993; Douglas & Spellenberg 2010). Because the genus is known only from the type collection, the most recent classification system for the family (Douglas & Spellenberg 2010) included it in its own tribe Caribeeae. It is awaiting its re-discovery in the field.