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Species Key

This species key was written by Herman Sleumer in his 1980 monograph Flacourtiaceae pages 183-184 and 192. I have updated it to include the two new species discovered since Lozania nunkui and Lozania glabrata.

I have to be honest I don't like writing this key (and haven't before now) because I don't have confidence in the limited number of herbaria material reviewed to write the previous monograph (??? herbaria) and that a many non Lacistema serrulatum specimens have serrated leaves. I now have access to at least 500 virtual herbaria! Which has been beneficial as I have located far more isotypes, syntypes and synonyms than previously stated. Once I have viewed hundreds of specimen images online I will be able to make a more informed judgement. But for now I am converting Sleumers' key for this page.

I will be writing a Lucid Central interactive key as well as this traditional version. To use the interactive key you will need to make sure your desktop machine and/or mobile device has Javascript turned on. Take a look at this link for details on how to do this.

How to use this key :

Firstly are you sure the specimen you have is a member of Lacistemataceae? I recommend using the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew : Neotropical Flowering Plant Families Key to check.

Then read each couplet (pair of choices) and decide which is the best choice for your specimen. Then click on the link and you will be taken directly to the next couplet. You might wish to write down your choices as you go so if you go wrong you can revisit your journey through the key to discover where you went wrong or you could use the back button instead.

NOTE: This key relies on your specimen having an inflorescence with open flowers and a least one fruit plus the use of a hand lens or microscope.