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Simira colorata (Rubiaceae), a new species from western Ecuador

Journal article
Authors Bertil Ståhl
Claes Persson
Published in Phytotaxa
Volume 311
Issue 3
Pages 283-287
ISSN 1179-3155
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 283-287
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa....
Keywords Condamineeae, conservation, endemism, taxonomy
Subject categories Botany

Abstract

Simira colorata from western Ecuador is described and illustrated. It is distinguished from other species of Simira by having rather small, glabrous leaves, with blades acute or obtuse at base, small non-calycophyllous, 4-merous flowers in rather large, pyramidal inflorescences, and small fruits. In vegetative features it resembles the Amazonian S. rubescens, which differs from S. colorata in its reproductive features. Although new to science, S. colorata, has been known and widely used in the Ecuadorian coast since the 18th century, and is nowadays endangered due to habitat loss.

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