, Volume 64, Issue 3, pp 246–251 | Cite as

Duranta neblinensis (Verbenaceae, Duranteae): A new species from Sierra de la Neblina, Amazonas state, Venezuela

  • Gerardo A. Aymard C.
  • José R. Grande A.


Duranta neblinensis, from Sierra de la Neblina, Amazonas state, Venezuela is described, illustrated, and its morphological relationships with allied species are discussed. This new species is similar to D. obtusifolia, but it differs by its stout spines; pubescent petioles and leaves; apiculate calyx lobes; and fruits with an open, slender, curved rostrum . An updated key to the six Venezuelan species of Duranta is presented, and phytogeographic information about Sierra de la Neblina is provided.

Key words

Cerro de La Neblina Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Cerro de la Neblina Duranta Verbenaceae 


Se describe e ilustra Duranta neblinensis de la Sierra de la Neblina, estado Amazonas, Venezuela, y se discuten sus relaciones morfológicas con las especies afines. Esta nueva especie presenta similitudes con D. obtusifolia, sin embargo, se diferencia por sus espinas gruesas, pecíolos y hojas pubescentes, cáliz con los lobúlos apículados, y los frutos con el rostro abierto y curvo. Se incluye una clave actualizada de las seis especies venezolanas del género Duranta e información fitogeográfica acerca de la Sierra de la Neblina.



The authors are grateful to Gustavo A. Romero (AMES), Otto Huber (VEN), Lisa M. Campbell (NY), and two anonymous reviewers for useful comments and suggestions on the manuscript. We thank Bruno Manara (VEN) for preparing the illustration and for his expertise with the Latin diagnosis, Bobbi Angel for additions to the illustration, the staffs of The New York Botanical Garden, the Herbarium of the University of Michigan, and the Harvard University Herbaria for making their facilities available for our research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNELLEZ-Guanare, Programa de Ciencias del Agro y del MarHerbario Universitario (PORT)Mesa de CavacasVenezuela
  2. 2.Escuela de Biología, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad Central de VenezuelaCaracasVenezuela

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