Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid, Vol 65, No 2 (2008)

Meriania franciscana (Melastomataceae), a new species of the Andes of Ecuador

Carmen Ulloa Ulloa
Missouri Botanical Garden, United States

Jürgen Homeier
Plant Ecology, Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, University of Göttingen, Germany


Meriania franciscana C. Ulloa & Homeier (Melastomataceae) from the southeastern province of Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, is described and illustrated. It is distinguished by the markedly dimorphic stamens, the connective of the antipetalous anthers prominently thickened and with two appendages, one subulate and the other oblongoid, the inflorescence with numerous flowers of c. 15 mm. It is only known form the Andean forests at the San Francisco Biological Reserve.


Andean; Ecuador; Status UICN; Melastomataceae; Meriania; Zamora-Chinchipe

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