Two new species of Meriania (Melastomataceae) from eastern Ecuador

Author(s)
Diana M. Fernández-Fernández, Lou Jost, Agnes S. Dellinger
Abstract

We describe two new species of Meriania (Melastomataceae), Meriania ardyae from Llanganates National Park and Meriania zunacensis from the Río Zuñac Reserve in Ecuador. Meriania ardyae is characterized by dark crimson petals, hypanthium and calyx with a dark purple coloration, young branches and internodes covered with a dense pubescence of violet-black hirsute trichomes and slightly dimorphic stamens. Meriania zunacensis is distinguished by conspicuous interpetiolar flaps, inflorescences with glomerulate flower clusters, large flowers with magenta petals, isomorphic stamens, and a fleshy, strongly curved style.

Organisation(s)
Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research
External organisation(s)
Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Quito , EcoMinga Foundation
Journal
Phytotaxa
Volume
458
Pages
1-14
No. of pages
14
ISSN
1179-3163
DOI
https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.458.1.1
Publication date
2020
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
106008 Botany, 106042 Systematic botany, 106012 Evolutionary research
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Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/two-new-species-of-meriania-melastomataceae-from-eastern-ecuador(0ead43d7-b3d1-4ab8-9a89-13653846adb1).html