Kew Bulletin

, Volume 67, Issue 4, pp 789-796

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Steinbachiella (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae: Dalbergieae), endemic to Bolivia, is reinstated as an accepted genus

  • G. P. LewisAffiliated withRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew Email author 
  • , J. R. I. WoodAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks RoadHonorary Research Associate, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • , M. LavinAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State University

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The monospecific genus Steinbachiella Harms is reinstated as a distinct genus in Leguminosae, tribe Dalbergieae, based on recent collections from Bolivia. The fruits are samaras similar in appearance to those of the related genus Machaerium Pers. A combined morphological and molecular phylogenetic analysis suggests that the distally winged fruit of Steinbachiella and most Machaerium species is homologous. Nevertheless, Steinbachiella is distinct in having a unique suite of morphological characters that includes flowers in 1– 4-flowered racemes, the corollas yellow and totally glabrous, the standard petal with a deeply emarginate apex, long-stipitate ovaries and a samaroid fruit. In addition, in molecular analyses the genus is placed as sister to Machaerium and not nested within it.


Fabaceae Machaerium