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Lacistema pubescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Lacistemataceae

Lacistemataceae is a family of flowering plants, consisting 2 genera, Lacistema Sw. (11 species) and Lozania Mutis ex Caldas (5 species).

Common name[edit]

Waits Numi

Meaning: Waits = unknown, numi = tree or shrub
Language: Shuar, Shuar Indigenous people, Eastern Ecuador.



Previous: Sleumer H O (1980) Flora Neotropica: Monograph Number 22 Flacourtiaceae, The New York Botanical Garden, New York: 182-206

Typical family morphology[edit]

Evergreen treelets (small tree) and shrubs, up to 20 metres height;
Leaves: alternately arranged, mainly elliptical in shape. Brochiododromus leaf venation;
Inflorescence: single or multiple catkin-like that emerge from the leaf axils;
Flowers: insignificant (circa 1 mm), bisexual; subtended by a bract;
Ovary: superior;
Stamen: one forked;
Fruit: red-maroon-brown coloured which split to release seed;
Seed: 1-3, white coloration.


West Indies and from Mexico southwards across Mesoamerica and South America, excluding Chile and temperate Argentina


Montane, dry and moist forests; wet lowland forests.


  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 

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