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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical America, Europe to Central Asia and Turkey.
Piriqueta P. viscosa viscosa P. densiflora goiasensis P. morongii P. sulfurea (Turneraceae)


Turneraceae, R. Fernandes. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs, shrubs or trees with simple or stellate hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with some impressed submarginal glands towards the base, sometimes glands also at the apex of the marginal teeth; stipules caducous or absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers usually solitary and axillary, with the pedicel articulate at the apex of a 2–4-bracteolate free peduncle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals connate below the middle or free or nearly so.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals shortly clawed, inserted at the throat of the calyx-tube; corona of 10 free or connate, fimbriate or laciniate scales at the base of the petals.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with the filaments usually glabrous, inserted nearly at the base of the calyx; anthers rarely apiculate or mucronate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary many-ovulate; styles with usually penicillate stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule globose to elliptic, smooth or tubercled, 3-valved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds pyriform, straight or curved, with hard, reticulate-alveolate testa; aril crenate, lacerate or entire; cotyledons shorter than the radicle.

Native to:

Alabama, Albania, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Bulgaria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Florida, France, French Guiana, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Krym, Leeward Is., Malaya, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, North Caucasus, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Carolina, South European Russi, Suriname, Switzerland, Transcaucasus, Trinidad-Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Windward Is., Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Caroline Is., Jawa, Thailand

Piriqueta Aubl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Hist. Pl. Guiane: 298 (1775)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.


Flora Zambesiaca

  • Hist. Pl. Guiane Fr. 1: 298, t. 117 (1775).

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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Kew Science Photographs
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Milliken, W., Klitgard, B. and Baracat, A. (2009 onwards), Neotropikey - Interactive key and information resources for flowering plants of the Neotropics.