Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 301, Issue 2, pp 701–707 | Cite as

Limadendron: a new genus of Leguminosae (Papilionoideae, Brongniartieae) from South America

  • Jose Eduardo MeirelesEmail author
  • Ana Maria G. Azevedo Tozzi
Original Article


A new genus Limadendron (Leguminosae, Papilionoideae, Brongniartieae) from northern South America is described and illustrated. The new genus is segregated from Poecilanthe based on a previous phylogenetic analysis. Limadendron is sister to Cyclolobium and differs from it mainly by its woody dehiscent legumes contrasting with the winged samaroid fruits of the latter. Two new combinations, Limadendron amazonicum (Ducke) Meireles & A. M. G. Azevedo and Limadendron hostmannii (Benth.) Meireles & A. M. G. Azevedo, are proposed. A distribution map and an identification key for the species are also provided.


Amazonia Brongniartieae Fabaceae Neotropics Poecilanthe 



We are grateful to Henrique Forero, Gwilym Lewis, Domingos Cardoso and Matt Lavin for their valuable comments on the manuscript, to Jorge Fontella for revising the Latin diagnosis, and to Samira Rolim for the illustrations. The curators of the herbaria visited during the study and our funding sources (CNPq and FAPESP [project number: 06/50154-0]) are also gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose Eduardo Meireles
    • 1
  • Ana Maria G. Azevedo Tozzi
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Departamento de Biologia Vegetal, Instituto de BiologiaUniversidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil

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