, Volume 66, Issue 2, pp 170–173 | Cite as

A new species of Graffenrieda (Melastomataceae) from the northern Amazon basin

  • Fabián A. Michelangeli
  • Renato Goldenberg


A new species of Graffenrieda (Melastomataceae: Merianieae) from northern Brazil and southern Venezuela is described. Graffenrieda laevicarpa closely resembles the morphologically variable and complex G. caryophyllea, but can be distinguished based on leaf morphology and pubescence, and by its shiny capsules.

Key words

Brazil Graffenrieda Merianieae Serra da Aracá Venezuela 



This research was partially supported by the National Science Foundation (DEB-0818399). RG is the recipient of a grant from CNPq, Brazil (Produtividade em Pesquisa). We thank A. Vicentini for access to his collections and to Julia Meirelles for providing photographs of specimens in Brazilian herbaria. Two anonymous reviewers made valuable suggestions that helped improve this manuscript. We also wish to thank the curators of INPA, MO, NY, RB, US, and UPCB for access to their collections. Nichole Tiernan created the digital version of the Bobbi Angel illustration.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The New York Botanical GardenInstitute of Systematic BotanyBronxUSA
  2. 2.Departamento de BotânicaUniversidade Federal de ParanáCuritibaBrazil

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