40 - VELAME BRANCO
Mandevilla velame (A.St.-Hil.) Pichon (APOCYNACEAE)
40- Velame branco - Mandevilla velame (A.St.-Hil.) Pichon (APOCYNACEAE)
Sub-shrub plant, up to 50 cm tall, erect, with a woolly and white texture. Opposite sheets, with cardboard texture, from 4.5 to 6.5 × 2 to 3 cm, elliptical, pointed, with a smooth margin, densely white and with a wool texture. Inflorescence at the tip of the branches, having 2 to 6 flowers, with 10 to 13 cm each; of five fused petals, greenish-white corolla, very distinct, slightly wavy. It has latex. Flowering from September to May.
Distribution: Occurs from Goiás to Rio Grande do Sul, in open, dry cerrado, occasionally in the field or in gallery forests.
Situation in São Paulo: Apparently it exists only in the State Park of Juqueri.
How to plant: By seeds, which form inside horn-like fruits. Slow-growing plant, but of great beauty even when young.
KINOSHITA, LS (COORD.). APOCYNACEAE IN: WANDERLEY, MGL ET AL. FANEROGAMIC FLORA OF THE STATE OF SÃO PAULO. INSTITUTE OF BOTANICS, SÃO PAULO, VOL. 4, PP: 35-92, 2005.
MACEDO, M .; FERREIRA, AR MEDICINAL PLANTS USED FOR DERMATOLOGICAL TREATMENTS, IN COMMUNITIES OF THE ALTO PARAGUAY BASIN, MATO GROSSO. REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE FARMACOGNOSIA, V. 14, P. 40-44, 2004.
When we started the project we thought we would never have this species, so rare in the city. In the metropolis of São Paulo it is found only in Parque do Juqueri.
Today we have already started to think about it, because over time a seed market has developed, each day more interesting. Soon we will try to develop some seedlings, perhaps reintroducing in the Cerrado Infinito right in the middle of the urban grid.