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Paropsia perrieri Claverie

Ann. Mus. Colon. Marseille 7: 59 (1909).
Origin and geographic distribution
Paropsia perrieri is endemic to the northern-most part of Madagascar.
Fibres from Paropsia perrieri are used in textile fabrics, although they are not very durable.
Shrub or small tree up to 15 m tall; bole up to 25 cm in diameter; branches ferruginous-tomentose, lateral ones always longer than terminal one, hairy when young. Leaves alternate, distichous, short-lived; petiole thin, 5–8 mm long; blade broadly oblong, (3.5–)5–10 cm × (2–)2.5–4(–6) cm, base rounded, apex tapering, margin entire or somewhat toothed, papery to thin-leathery, both surfaces shortly ferruginous-tomentose, lateral veins in 8–10 pairs. Inflorescence an axillary cyme 2–10 mm long, on specialized branches bearing leaves, long-pedunculate, (1–)2–4-flowered; bracts linear, 4–5 mm long; flowers bisexual, fragrant; pedicel 10–25 mm long; sepals 5, oblong, 10–12 mm × 4–5 mm, shortly connate at base, apex obtuse, reddish tomentose outside, white to greyish velvety inside; petals 5, narrowly oblong, 8–10 mm × 3.5–4.5 mm, thinner than sepals, white, velvety on both surfaces; corona laciniate, 2.5 mm long, in bundles in front of the petals; stamens 5, filaments 5–6 mm long, anthers c. 2.5 mm long; ovary on a 12 mm long reddish hairy gynophore, obovoid, 1-celled, styles c. 3, 1.5–2 mm long, free, with thick stigmas. Fruit a nearly globose 3-valved capsule 12–15 mm in diameter, tomentose. Seed compressed ovoid, 5–7 mm × 1–2 mm, with thin, entire, fleshy aril. Seedling with epigeal germination.
Paropsia perrieri flowers in October–November.
Paropsia comprises 12 species, of which 5 occur in mainland tropical Africa, 6 in Madagascar and 1 in South-East Asia.
Paropsia perrieri is rather rare in dry deciduous forest, at low altitudes.
Paropsia perrieri only occurs wild.
Genetic resources and breeding
Paropsia perrieri occurs only in a small part of Madagascar. It is also rare and therefore at risk of genetic erosion.
It is unlikely that Paropsia perrieri will become an important source of fibre.
Major references
• Decary, R., 1946. Plantes et animaux utiles de Madagascar. Annales du Musée Colonial de Marseille, 54e année, 6e série, 4e volume, 1er et dernier fascicule. 234 pp.
• Perrier de la Bâthie, H., 1945. Passifloracées (Passifloraceae). Flore de Madagascar et des Comores (plantes vasculaires), famille 143. Imprimerie Officielle, Tananarive, Madagascar. 50 pp.
• Sleumer, H., 1970. Le genre Paropsia Noronha ex Thouars (Passifloraceae). Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 40(1): 49–75.
Other references
• Medina, J.C., 1959. Plantas fibrosas da flora mundial. Instituto Agronômico Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 913 pp.
• Missouri Botanical Garden, undated. VAST (VAScular Tropicos) nomenclatural database. [Internet] W3T/Search/ vast.html. Accessed February 2010.
L.P.A. Oyen
PROTA Network Office Europe, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 341, 6700 AH Wageningen, Netherlands

M. Brink
PROTA Network Office Europe, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 341, 6700 AH Wageningen, Netherlands
E.G. Achigan Dako
PROTA Network Office Africa, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), P.O. Box 30677-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Correct citation of this article:
Oyen, L.P.A., 2010. Paropsia perrieri Claverie. In: Brink, M. & Achigan-Dako, E.G. (Editors). Prota 16: Fibres/Plantes à fibres. [CD-Rom]. PROTA, Wageningen, Netherlands.