Kew Bulletin

, Volume 67, Issue 4, pp 789–796 | Cite as

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

  • G. P. LewisEmail author
  • J. R. I. Wood
  • M. Lavin


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 



JW would like to thank various botanists, who accompanied him in the field when searching for Steinbachiella and, in particular, Daniel Soto who was with him when the original flowering material was found. Financial support of the Darwin Initiative 16–004 is gratefully acknowledged for the fieldwork on which this paper is based. We also thank Margaret Tebbs who prepared the elegant line drawing in Fig. 3 and two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Botanic Gardens, KewRichmondUK
  2. 2.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of Oxford, South Parks RoadOxfordUK
  3. 3.Honorary Research Associate, Royal Botanic Gardens, KewRichmondUK
  4. 4.Department of Plant Sciences and Plant PathologyMontana State UniversityBozemanUSA

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