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Offline Auke

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Nectar plant 1 | Sipanea, probably pratensis (Rubiaceae)
« on: Tue, 02 September 2014, 04:29:14 PM »
Hi all,

I recently collected some butterflies in the Zanderij area which were feeding on two species of plants with small white flowers. I hope someone here will be able to tell me the (scientific) names of these plants.

Suriname, Para, nr. Zanderij (sand road from Vierkinderen to Colakreek). June/July 2014, very common in full sun along road.

Species number 1. No better photos available. I think this might be a Sipanea, possibly S. pratensis which is supposedly very common in Suriname, but I don't know if there are other species in the Zanderij area it could be confused with.

Thanks for helping me out,

Auke
« Last Edit: Mon, 08 September 2014, 02:02:41 PM by Auke »

Offline Olivier

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Re: Nectar plant 1
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 05 September 2014, 03:35:34 PM »
Hi Auke,
I agree with your determination of a Sipanea sp. and very likely to be S. pratensis.
More often in French Guiana these plants have pink flowers, but very pale pink or white ones are not rare.
I have had a look on the keys, all features match very well, such as leaves shape, number of secondary veins, arrangement of the flowers, petiole length...
This species is very variable (and very common in the Guianas), for example stems and leaves can be either glabrous or densely hispid.

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Re: Nectar plant 1
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 08 September 2014, 01:41:25 PM »
Hi Olivier,

Thank you for the confirmation of my identification. Much appreciated! :)

Auke