, Volume 66, Issue 4, pp 329–336 | Cite as

Two new species and one new synonym of Maytenus (Celastraceae) from Brazil

  • Leonardo Biral
  • Julio Antonio Lombardi


Two new species of Brazilian Maytenus are described and illustrated. Maytenus chapadensis is endemic to northern Goiás state, where it occurs in the cerrado vegetation. The species has quadrangular, sub-winged young twigs, elliptic to obovate ascending leaves, and cymose inflorescences with a reduced peduncle. Maytenus mucugensis occurs in the Chapada Diamantina in Bahia state, where it is relatively common in the campo rupestre and cerrado vegetation. It can be identified by its profuse branching, flattened and pruinose young twigs with dense and diminutive protuberances, obovate to elliptic leaves with inconspicuous secondary veins, and cymose inflorescences (sometimes reduced to a single flower) with reduced peduncles and pedicels. Finally, the species Maytenus guyanensis is typified, and the name M. micrantha is assigned to its synonymy.

Key Words

Brazil Celastraceae Maytenus rocky grasslands taxonomy 



The authors thank the curators of the herbaria cited in this study for making their specimens available, J. R. Somera for preparing the drawings, and Dr. Tarcísio Filgueiras for his help with the Latin diagnoses. Financial support for this study was provided by FAPESP (fellowship #2011/21879-5 to LB; grant 2010/17400-3 to JAL), and MCT/CNPq/MEC/CAPES/PROTAX (grant #562240/2010-1 to JAL). We are also grateful to Mark Simmons and Rodrigo Duno de Stefano for suggestions on the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Vegetal, Instituto de Biociências de Rio Claro, Departamento de BotânicaUniversidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” - UNESPRio ClaroBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de Biociências de Rio Claro, Departamento de BotânicaUniversidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” - UNESPRio ClaroBrazil

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