Kew Bulletin

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 143-149

First online:

A reappraisal of Barnebydendron (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae: Detarieae)

  • M. C. WarwickAffiliated withRoyal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • , G. P. LewisAffiliated withRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew Email author 
  • , H. C. de LimaAffiliated withInstituto de Pesquisas, Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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Barnebydendron J. H. Kirkbr. (LeguminosaeCaesalpinioideae – Detarieae), when first described under the name Phyllocarpus Riedel ex Tul. (1843), was considered to be a monospecific genus restricted to the Atlantic forest in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A later collection from Guatemala in 1908 expanded the genus to two species. Many collections have been made since then in other parts of Central and South America and the distribution of the genus merits close examination. Recent publications have not provided full descriptions or illustrations, or cited specimens seen. A reappraisal of the genus is presented here and the monospecific status of the genus is confirmed.


Atlantic forest Barnebydendron Colorallilo Guacamayo Leguminosae monospecific neotropics seasonally dry forest