Psychotria sp. Utchee Creek (H.Flecker NGNC5313)
Provisional HISPID phrase name.
Big-leaf Psychotria; Psychotria, Big-leaf
Occasionally grows into a small tree but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-3 m tall.
Stipules glabrous, triangular, about 4-8 mm long tapering to a point. Leaf blades usually rather large, about 14-35 x 4-10 cm, sparsely puberulent on the underside. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Petioles about 2-2.5 cm long, flat on the upper surface. Reddish hairs present on the twigs beneath the stipules.
Calyx tube (hypanthium) bout 1-1.5 mm long, lobes about 0.2-0.3 mm long. Corolla tube about 1.5 mm long, lobes thick and fleshy, minutely papillose, about 1.5-2 mm long, hooked at the apex. Corolla tube densely clothed on the inner surface with long white hairs about the throat and anthers. Anthers about 0.7-0.8 mm long, protruding beyond the corolla tube. Pollen white. Style inserted in a fleshy disk at the apex of the ovary.
Cotyledons stipulate, +/- cordate or orbicular, about 10-15 mm diam. First pair of leaves opposite and stipulate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, quite large, somewhat fleshy, stipules about 7-8 mm long, connate at the base and encircling the stem, apex aristate. Seed germination time 137 to 253 days.