Carapa vasquezii (Meliaceae), a new species from western Amazonia
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Carapa vasquezii from western Amazonia is described and illustrated. The new species differs from the closely related C. guianensis in having leaflets with an obtuse to rounded apex and a farinose midrib, farinose inflorescence and flower pedicels, 6-ovulate locules, and smaller seeds with a very much reduced hilum.
Key WordsCarapa Meliaceae Amazonia
I thank the curators of the herbaria BR, F, GH, K, NY, P, and US for providing material on loan. The study was funded by the National Geographic Society, the Center for Tropical Forest Science, the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Idea Wild. The illustration is by A. Arbeláez.
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